GSP reports 18 fatalities during Labor Day travel period

Georgia State Patrol reports that there have been 18 fatalities on the roads

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Georgia State Patrol reports that there have been 18 fatalities on the roads in Georgia since 6 p.m. Friday.

Those fatalities didn't happen in Southwest Georgia. The travel period ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

WALB spoke with Trooper First Class Slade Reid out of Post 13 in Tifton who said they have increased the number of troopers to make sure drivers know they are watching.

Reid said a few traffic stops were conducted along I-75 and there were reports of a crash in Cook County. He said he wanted to give people tips on driving home from holiday travels.

"Slow down. Give yourself plenty of time to travel from point a to point b. Pay attention to what you're doing but you also have to be mindful of what other people are doing around you. You have to kind of be, I guess an aggressive driver. You just have to be very observant," said Reid.

Georgia also entered its second month of the hands-free law.

Reid said that so far on Monday, he had not pulled anyone over for not following the new law.

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