July 4th Travel Holiday Underway

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is underway and state troopers are ready for a long and busy one.

This year’s 102-hour holiday travel period started at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues through midnight Sunday.

As of this morning, there have been no fatalities on Georgia highways, according to numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Last year, the holiday period was 30 hours long and there were two fatal crashes reported statewide.

Over the 2012 July 4th holiday period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 151 traffic crashes that resulted in 120 injuries, while troopers issued 3,765 citations, 6,591 warnings, and made 127 DUI arrests.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough said that although last year tied the record for the lowest number of deaths during a July Fourth holiday period, motorists should still use extra care while traveling this holiday period, adding that the Georgia State Patrol encourages everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly.

Also as a reminder, the Georgia DOT has suspended construction-related lane closures on the state’s interstates and major state routes through 5 a.m. Monday.