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More crashes than predicted during holiday travel period

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – From 6pm Friday to midnight Tuesday there were 2,547 crashes. That's a lot more than the Georgia State Patrol predicted and more than they saw last year. 637 people were injured in those crashes. In 2009 more than 1,000 people were injured over Memorial Day weekend.

And fatalities were down drastically, too. Four people died on Georgia roads, one woman in Dougherty county. Troopers predicted 15 people would die this weekend in Georgia crashes and there were 16 fatalities last year.

The holiday travel period is over, but officers aren't letting up. The Summer HEAT campaign kicks off this week. Police will be cracking down on impaired and reckless drivers and making sure everyone is buckled up. That campaign will run through Labor Day.

Gas prices are lower than expected this year which may have been the reason more people were out on the roads. 

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