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Authorities: Labor Day weekend quieter this year
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Though the Labor Day holiday weekend was quieter than last year’s across the state, two traffic accidents in Hall County kept local authorities busy.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated 360 traffic crashes over the 78-hour holiday travel period, which resulted in 211 injuries and 10 fatalities, including a bicyclist in Hall County who was one of two bicyclists in Georgia killed over the weekend. A total of 13 were killed in traffic accidents in the state, including those worked by other law enforcement agencies.

T.J. Patillo, 31, was struck and killed by a vehicle in South Hall on Saturday. The collision happened on Sloan Mill Road when a car travelling in the same direction hit Patillo and a friend, both on bicycles, from behind.

Another Hall County accident injured seven, but resulted in no fatalities. Two cars collided in the Saturday afternoon wreck on Dawsonville Highway west of Manor Ridge. Seven were transported to hospitals, including one who was life flighted to a hospital. No additional information from the Georgia State Patrol was available Tuesday.

Across the state, at least four of the traffic deaths may have involved drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Georgia State Patrol reported two people were killed while operating motorcycles; one was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle and one was a pedestrian, in addition to the two bicyclists.

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Labor Day.

Last year, there were 1,917 traffic crashes reported that resulted in 867 injuries and 15 traffic deaths in Georgia, according to holiday statistics compiled by the Crash Reporting Unit at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

On the water statewide, there were two drownings over the holiday weekend, six boating under the influence charges and five boating incidents of which four involved injuries, said Department of Natural Resources spokesman Rick Lavender.

In the Gainesville region that includes Lake Lanier, there were no drownings, three boating under the influence arrests and four boating incidents involving three injuries. There also was a fatality on Lake Nottely in Union County.

Lake Lanier had two boating under the influence arrests and two boating incidents, one of which involved an injury, he said.

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