The Georgia State Patrol says that traffic accidents during the Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in 14 deaths across the state. Authorities said state troopers arrested more than 225 drivers on charges of driving under the influence.
Georgia State Troopers are planning to increase patrols during the holiday weekend to look out for impaired drivers, seatbelt violations and other offenses. Authorities say they investigated 326 crashes during the holiday weekend in 2012 that resulted in 278 injuries and six deaths.
The Governor's Officer of Highway Safety announced data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the state experienced 22 fewer alcohol-impaired driving deaths between 2010 and 2011 -- below the national average and below southeastern states.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says the state is on track to experience an increase in fatalities for the first time in six years. If fatalities continue at their current rate, the state will surpass last year's total of 1,226 deaths on the roadways. Highway safety officials are urging motorists to take extra care this holiday season.
Police in Savannah-Chatham County are launching a 90-day blitz to crack down on traffic violations starting Monday. Police Chief Willie Lovett has ordered every one of his marked patrol units to put a special focus on breaking traffic laws.
Georgia's 18,000 truckers could be allowed to haul more cargo if a proposal in Congress goes through. Some business groups and shippers are pushing a measure to let states raise truck weight limits from 80,000 to 100,000 lbs. Safety advocates says, Georgia had more than 3,500 truck-related fatalities from 1994 to 2009 and increasing truck weight limits wouldn't reduce those numbers.