GA State Patrol: 19 Killed On Georgia Roads During Labor Day Weekend

A Georgia agency says the number of highway chases involving state law enforcement officers jumped dramatically in 2020, resulting in hundreds of injuries and a few deaths.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

The Georgia State Patrol is reporting 19 deaths statewide on Georgia’s roads over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

That’s more than double last year’s number, and it includes car, motorcycle and pedestrian deaths.

Authorities issued nearly 9,000 tickets over the holiday weekend. Half of those tickets issued were for speeding.

More than 300 people were arrested for driving under the influence during the holiday weekend travel period, which began Friday at 6 p.m. and lasted through 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day.

Officials say they’d prepared for a busy weekend.

The agency says terrific weather and an increase in people traveling by car this summer and during a pandemic meant there would be an increase in deaths Labor Day weekend.

Officials added Atlanta, Athens-Clarke County, Cobb County, College Park, Floyd County, and Suwanee police departments reported six of the traffics death during the holiday period.