Seven people have died as result of vehicle crashes this Memorial Day weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Gainesville post, which works Banks, Hall and White counties, hadn’t worked any fatalities, as of 6 p.m. Sunday, the latest reporting time available.
The Blue Ridge and Athens posts each have worked a wreck involving a death.
There were 1,925 crashes involving 493 injuries in Georgia since 6 p.m. Friday.
The state patrol predicts 2,725 crashes involving 875 injuries and 18 deaths through midnight tonight.
Other fatal crashes have been reported by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the state patrol posts in Athens, Blue Ridge, Conyers, Dalton and Hinesville.
Troopers and Georgia Department of Public Safety officers will patrolling the roads busily, said Col. Bill Hitchens, the department’s commissioner.
"Last year, motor vehicle travel was considerably lighter than previous Memorial Day holiday travel periods due to the price of gasoline," Hitchens said. "This year, we anticipate travel to be heavier."
The weather also might play a factor.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is predicting a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms today, with up to a half-inch of rain possible.