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Road deadly on holiday weekend
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The Labor Day holiday weekend travel period has claimed the lives of five people statewide, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Those fatalities have been reported across four counties, including Cobb and Henry counties.

Four of those have been fatal crashes, including a head-on collision Sunday in Jasper County that killed both drivers.

No fatal wrecks were reported in Hall or surrounding counties as of Monday evening.

And local authorities were out in force during the holiday weekend, stepping up patrols especially during night hours in an attempt to crack down on drivers who are under the influence.

“There’s usually some extra patrols for holiday weekends,” said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

“That’s typically how (deputies) operate on a holiday weekend. They’ll adjust their work schedule so their efforts are focused during the times of high likelihood for DUIs.”

Wilbanks did not have the number of DUIs or wrecks over the holiday period available, but said it was “remarkably quiet.”

“As far as I can tell, things have been relatively calm for a holiday weekend,” he said.

During off days, Wilbanks works at the hospital and said Sunday night he only saw one trooper bring in a driver for a blood test to determine the level on intoxication.

“I was kind of surprised by that ... but I have no complaints,” he said, adding that there are usually more during holiday weekends.

The Georgia State Patrol has investigated 271 traffic crashes since the holiday weekend began on Friday evening. Those crashes have resulted in 191 injuries.

State patrol also reports making more that 200 DUI arrests in the same time period.

The holiday period ended at midnight Monday.

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