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State forecasts deadly holiday on roads
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Georgia State Troopers and officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police divisions are preparing for a busy 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period.

Heavy traffic is expected throughout the weekend across the state as holiday vacation travel combines with holiday festivals and the start of the high school and college football seasons.

The Labor Day holiday travel period is 78 hours long and began at 6 p.m., Friday. It ends at midnight on Labor Day.

The Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Crash Reporting Unit estimate 1,897 traffic crashes, 995 injuries and 18 traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the holiday period. Last year, there were 2,063 crashes, 1,018 injuries and 22 deaths reported during a similar 78-hour period.

State troopers will be concentrating on impaired drivers during their patrols throughout the weekend.

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