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.
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.
More than a quarter of Georgians are hitting the roads for the holidays in the next couple of weeks, prompted by low gas prices and high airfares. That’s 2.5 million Georgians who plan to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays, a slight increase over last year.