June 18, 2019

17 killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes

(Atlanta, GA) — Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday travel period resulted in 17 traffic deaths.

The 78-hour holiday period began Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 396 traffic crashes that resulted in 203 injuries.

Troopers also investigated 12 fatal crashes (resulted in 13 traffic deaths). The fatal crashes occurred in Bartow, Catoosa, Greene, Cook, Laurens, Camden, Fannin, Hancock, Lowndes, Worth, Coweta, and Heard counties.

Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Atlanta PD, Cobb Co. PD, Forsyth Co. S/O, and Milton PD.

In addition to crash investigations, State Troopers arrested 357 people for driving under the influence.

During the 2018 Memorial Day holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 510 traffic crashes that resulted in 320 injuries but only three traffic fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, troopers arrested 323 people for driving under the influence a year ago.

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