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Holiday weekend proves deadly for motorists

September 2, 2003

Lowndes County - Nineteen people died on Georgia highways over the holiday weekend, just as the Georgia State Patrol predicted.

There were 2,605 accidents, that's almost 600 more than G.S.P. expected. But only 707 people were injured, compared to the 804 that were predicted.

State troopers say safety campaigns like "Hands Across the Border" and "Click it or Ticket" have increased seat belt usage and reduced the number of injuries. "We were actually very fortunate," said Sgt. Craig Phillips. "With the rain we had throughout the weekend, I'm surprised we didn't have more accidents and injuries than we did."

The holiday weekend began at 6:00 Friday afternoon and ended Monday at midnight.

posted at 12:15 p.m. by ashley.harper@walb.com