ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Labor Day holiday travel period is underway and will run for the next 78 hours, until midnight Labor Day.
The Georgia State Patrol expects more cars on Peach State roadways, and more fatalities this year than last year.
Troopers say they expect this Labor Day traffic to be the heaviest of the three summer holiday periods this year.
Besides being the traditional final weekend of the summer, it's also the first weekend of the high school football and college football seasons.
The G.S.P. estimates 16 traffic fatalities and more than 900 injuries on Georgia roadways this holiday period. In 2007 there were 12 traffic deaths.
Law enforcement promises a heavy presence on the roads
Dougherty County Police Lt. Thomas Jackson said "Not wearing those seats belts, speeding. That's the two main causes of fatalities during these holidays on the roadways. Speeding and not wearing seat belts."
Traffic officials say slow down, buckle up, and plan your trip with plenty of rest breaks for safety.