The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2, and end at midnight on Labor Day. “This holiday weekend, the Georgia State Patrol has one goal in mind—safety,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

As you gather this weekend with family and friends to celebrate Labor Day, please make safety a priority. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you travel:

  • Plan for a Designated Driver. If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, please designate a family member or friend as your sober driver. You also have the option of contacting a taxi service or ride share network company (Uber, Lyft).
  • Wear your seat belt. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up before you hit the road, no matter how short the trip.
  • Obey the speed limit. Exceeding the speed limit reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Refrain from performing any activity that may take your focus off of the road, such as texting while driving.
  • Be courteous to other drivers. Stay alert of your surroundings and show common courtesy to other motorists and pedestrians on the roads.
  • Properly install child safety seats. Georgia law requires children under the age of eight to be in either a car seat or booster seat suitable for their age and height.
  • Do not leave children and pets in hot cars. Get in the habit of regularly checking the back seat and back floor area for children and animals, each time you exit your vehicle.

From September 2-5, the Georgia State Patrol will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. This is a nationwide traffic safety initiative among state highway patrols and state police agencies where troopers and officers across the United States and Canada work together during holiday periods to reduce the number of traffic deaths through high visibility patrols and education.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: