Seven Killed on Ga. Highways Over Holiday Weekend

Initial numbers for the Memorial Day holiday travel weekend indicate that fewer people died this weekend on Georgia roadways than in any other previous Memorial Day weekend since the numbers were tracked.

The final numbers from state law enforcement officials for the Memorial Day travel weekend show that 7 people died in traffic accidents on Georgia highways.

Since it began keeping Memorial Day travel statistics in 1969, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Crash Reporting Unit says the lowest number of traffic deaths previously on Georgia roads during the Memorial Day holiday weekend was recorded in 1979 when 10 people were killed.

The highest number was recorded in 2005 when 32 people were killed.

This year’s Memorial Day holiday travel count started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.

Georgia State Patrol posts in Milledgeville, Reidsville, Thomasville, Brunswick, and Washington have reported fatal wrecks, as has the Fulton County Police Department.

Last year, 16 people were killed on Georgia highways during the Memorial Day holiday travel period.