A total of 443 crashes and 226 injuries were reported by the Georgia State Patrol, with the GSP investigating 10 of the 14 reported fatalities. Last year, the GSP reported 13 fatalities over the 2012 Labor Day weekend.
Police in Roswell, a northern Atlanta suburb, and the southwest Georgia city of Albany each reported two fatalities, with others reported by GSP troops in Athens, Blue Ridge, Cartersville, Dublin, Madison, Manchester, Tifton and Waycross. Cobb County and DeKalb County police also reported one fatality each.
Georgia Department of Public Safety spokesman Gordy Wright told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the department’s higher visibility during high-traffic holiday weekends help make roads safer for travelers.
“We’ve had Labor Day weekend fatalities as high as 22,” Wright said. “High visibility and enforcement are important.”
Holiday weekends can be prime time for traffic fatalities to rise.
According to an Auto World News report, the National Safety Council said the number of traffic fatalities rises 14.6 percent during Labor Day weekend when compared to the previous and following weekends.
Some reasons for the rise in fatalities include more people traveling on the roads instead of flying, and a general increase in traffic with many people off from work.