Number of Memorial Day traffic fatalities in GA triples in 2014

Number of Memorial Day traffic fatalities in GA triple in 2014
Published: May. 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - The number of traffic deaths in Georgia over the Memorial Day holiday tripled from last year.

Over the four day travel period, there were 17 traffic deaths on Georgia's highways and roads. Last year, there were six.

Troopers want people to continue practicing safe driving habits like wearing seat belts, no drinking and driving or texting.

Since the highways are expected to stay busy with travelers with more upcoming summer holidays, troopers are making plans to step up patrols.

"Post 40 had a lot of trooper off this holiday patrol, especially Saturday and Sunday," said Sgt. Urquhart with Georgia State Patrol. "But on the 4th of July were going to try to increase the number of people that's working."

AAA says 81 percent of Georgians plan to travel over the next three months.  Three people died on Alabama highways over Memorial Day weekend.

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