Though a rainy Memorial Day weekend kept people off Georgia’s lakes, 15 people died on the state’s roads during the 78-hour holiday period.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety had predicted that 18 people would die in 2,725 wrecks. While fewer people died than predicted, the wet weather contributed to more crashes — 2,794 — resulting in 752 injuries in addition to the deaths.
Last year, there were 16 people killed in 1,958 wrecks across the state. The holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday.
None of the fatalities were in the area covered by the Georgia State Patrol post in Gainesville.
Traffic deaths were reported by the State Patrol posts in Dalton, LaFayette, Athens, Blue Ridge, Conyers, Cuthbert, Hinesville and Jasper, which had two. Other traffic deaths were reported by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and by police departments in DeKalb County, Savannah-Chatham, Hinesville and Fulton County, which had two.
Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings reported no drownings or boating fatalities on Georgia’s lakes and waterways during the holiday weekend. Lake Lanier only had one boating under the influence and three minor boating incidents during the weekend, according to Cummings.
Hall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the death of a 23-year-old man Monday afternoon in a mobile home park on Dana Circle. Shane McRoberts died of an apparent drug overdose, according to officials.
The Gainesville Police Department had only minor incidents.