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July 9, 2013

Holiday traffic fatality numbers close to GSP projections



The drop in numbers may have been affected by Operation Zero Tolerance. Law enforcement agencies across the state launched the statewide zero tolerance DUI campaign Monday, July 1 for July Fourth holiday traffic in an attempt to reduce the number of impaired and intoxicated motorists and boaters in Georgia during the holiday. The highest number of July Fourth holiday period fatalities was recorded in 1972 when 34 people were killed, according to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. 

The Labor Day holiday travel period, a 78-hour period, will begin Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m. and end Labor Day evening at midnight. State Troopers along with local law enforcement remind motorists to drive safely and make wise decisions when behind the wheel of a vehicle. 

“Troopers, police officers and sheriff's deputies will be looking for speeders, seat belt and child restraint violators, and drivers operating motor vehicles while impaired. Speed, a lack of occupant protection use, and an impaired driver make a deadly combination on ours roads,” said Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

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