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20 People Killed in Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Crashes

Troopers and local law enforcement investigated 17 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 20 deaths across Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday travel period.  The 78-hour holiday period began Friday, May 28, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 31, at 11:59 p.m.


Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 424 traffic crashes that resulted in 277 injuries.  Troopers also investigated 11 fatal crashes which resulted in 11 traffic deaths.  Local agencies reporting nine traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (2), Dalton Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (2), Hall County Sheriff’s Office (3), and Savannah Police Department.


In addition to the traffic crash investigations, State Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers arrested 361 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 12,146 citations, and 11,643 warnings. Citations included 694 Distracted Driving, 1,208 Seat Belt, 255 Child Restraint, and 43 Move Over violations.

These crash statistics are preliminary findings and can change any time after the holiday travel period.

2021 Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Count

6 p.m. Friday, May 28 – 11:59 p.m. Mon., May 31

78-Hour Holiday Period

Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia 
Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers11 (11 crashes investigated)
Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies9 (6 crashes investigated)
Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period20 (17 crashes investigated)
GSP TroopsAgencies Reporting FatalitiesTotalFatalities
Troop AGSP Cartersville; Dalton PD2
Troop BGSP Gainesville; Forsyth Co. SO (2); Hall Co. SO (3)6
Troop CGSP Forest Park; GSP Gwinnett 2
Troop DGSP Manchester; Bibb Co. SO (2)3
Troop E 0
Troop FGSP Dublin2
Troop GGSP Thomasville1
Troop HGSP Douglas; GSP Perry2
Troop IGSP Hinesville; Savannah PD2
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