Georgia State Patrol to be out in force during Labor Day holiday


ATLANTA -- As summer comes to an end and thousands of Georgians hit the road to celebrate the Labor Day holiday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety reminds motorists that Georgia State Patrol troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Division officers will conduct highly visible patrols on interstates and secondary roads, looking for unsafe behaviors that put travelers at risk.

During the 2022 Labor Day holiday travel period, troopers investigated 472 crashes, resulting in 9 fatalities and 243 injuries. The statewide total for fatality crashes was 15. Troopers also made 324 arrests for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 “Labor Day weekend is an excellent time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the end of summer,” said Colonel Christopher Wright, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “It is also an opportunity for motorists to continue ensuring safety is a key priority when traveling to their destinations and back home.”
To keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities as low as possible during the 78-hour holiday travel which period begins Friday, September 1, at 6:00 p.m., and ends Monday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m., Georgia State Patrol and and Motor Carrier Compliance Division officers will focus on impaired drivers, speeders, distracted drivers, and seatbelt violations.