As the holiday weekend officially comes to an end, traffic accidents and injuries are down by a significant amount from last year.
If you traveled the roads this holiday weekend, you probably noticed heavy traffic, heavy delays, and a heavy presence of law enforcement.
"Our command staff has told us to step up our patrol, more aggressive patrol," says Sergeant Mike Maynard, Georgia State Patrol, Perry.
Maynard believes this is one reason the roads were a little safer this year.
"I think that has attributed to some of the decrease in the traffic accidents and the injuries and such."
So far, the number of accidents is at 225, that's about a hundred less than 2010. The number of injuries is down by more than 150. With a few hours left in the holiday weekend, Maynard says drivers need to be extra cautious, "Be looking down the road, not just in front of you."
The latest numbers show the statewide fatality count is up to 13. That's one more than last year when the roads claimed 12 lives.
"We've worked one fatal accident out of our post in Perry," says Maynard.
On the evening of December 30th, GSP responded to a scene in Macon County. "It was a pedestrian hit and run. We have not located the driver of the vehicle, but we are still investigating that as we speak."
As the holiday weekend comes to a close, Maynard has one request for those returning home. "Just be careful and buckle up."
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