15 People died in Memorial Day Weekend crashes in Georgia

The Gist: Georgia State Troopers and local law enforcement investigated 13 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 15 deaths across Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday travel period. 

How long is the travel period?: The 78-hour holiday period began Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 25, at 11:59 p.m.

By The Numbers:

  • 317 total crashes
  • 188 injuries
  • 13 fatal crashes
  • 15 traffic deaths
  • 317 Driving Under the Influence citations
  • 9,536 citations
  • 9,714 warnings
  • 1 social distancing violation

Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were the Atlanta Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Gwinnett County Police Department, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

By comparison, Georgia drivers did far worse over Memorial Day Weekend than during the New Year’s travel period. For New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there were 103 traffic crashes, 39 injuries, one fatality and 160 people arrested for DUI.

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