Georgia State Patrol monitoring roads this Labor Day

High volumes of traffic were on the interstates Labor Day weekend, and the Georgia State Patrol monitored drivers to keep the roads safe. 

"This morning we did get a [driver] going 105 mph in a 70 mph zone," says GSP Corporal Michael Burns. 

During Labor Day weekend Burns says he sees two to three times as much traffic on the interstates as he does during a normal week. 

"This year we have been really focusing on speeding vehicles and distracted drivers in the form of people texting and driving and using their phone instead of people paying attention to the road," says Burns.

Holiday traveler, Charlea Foster, says she is not on of those distracted drivers. She and her friends spent the holiday weekend sightseeing in Atlanta and noticed several car accidents and police officers on their drive home. 

"I just focus on driving... no cell phones, no snap chat... I keep the radio down low and all the kids have their safety belts on. I just try to go the speed limit," says Foster. 

According to Burns, thousands of Georgians went over the speed limit last year. He says in 2015 the GSP handed out more than 7,000 citations and more than 12,000 warnings to drivers during Labor Day weekend. He explained that the GSP is a support agency and does not receive any of revenue made from speeding tickets. 

"Nothing comes back to the state. Every ticket we write, the fine is collected and goes to the county that the ticket was written in. So for example, if we write 100 tickets in Bibb County every dime from that ticket comes back to Bibb County," says Burns. 

Burns also says that as of noon on Monday there were 11 Labor Day Roadway fatalities. 


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