Over the 2013 Labor Day weekend holiday travel period, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight on Monday, 14 people died in Georgia traffic crashes. According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, there were 443 crashes and 226 injuries reported over this holiday travel period.
The fatal Georgia wrecks included:
- Roswell crashes accounted for two deaths
- Athens area crashes accounted for two deaths
- Albany traffic accidents accounted for two deaths
- Cobb County crash accounted for one death
- DeKalb County crash accounted for one death
- Cartersville accident accounted for one death
- Manchester wreck accounted for one death
- Madison crash accounted for one death
- Dublin crash accounted for one death
- Tifton wreck accounted for one death
- Waycross crash accounted for one death
There was one more person killed in Georgia accidents this year than last year. Although the fatal traffic crash number was up from last year’s 13, police believe their enforcement efforts were a success compared to other Labor Day holiday travel periods. “The agency’s efforts at higher visibility during busy holiday travel weekends have paid dividends,” said Georgia state patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, “We’ve had Labor Day weekend fatalities as high as 22. High visibility and enforcement are important.”
Sadly, some people who died in these accidents were innocent victims; however, some of these deaths were linked to alcohol.
Shane Smith Law would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends who lost their loved ones over this holiday period, and we would also like to wish those injured fast and full recoveries.