By: Kara Duffy
September 3, 2013
Thomasville, GA- Thousands of people hit the road in Georgia over the Labor Day weekend and it kept law enforcement officials busy.
"This year seemed to be a little heavier than in the past," said Sergeant First Class Tommy Peeples, the Post Commander for Post 12-Thomasville Georgia State Patrol. "The roads were extremely busy. We conducted over 383 traffic stops during the holiday period, which is an increase for us."
There was also a spike in DUI arrests; more than 225 drivers were arrested statewide.
"An average weekend for the troopers of Post 12 is 5 or 6 DUI's in a weekend; for this past weekend we saw 12," Peeples said.
Thomasville Troopers and the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, however, reported a decrease in the number of crashes over the weekend.
"Traffic crashes fortunately were down. Five is not very high for our area, so we investigated less traffic crashes which we contribute to our marked increase in our enforcement efforts."
"The weather held off for us and we had very very few traffic accidents and thank goodness none of them were fatal," added Captain Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Local troopers say for the most part they were pleased with the safety of the roads during the Labor Day weekend.
"We did take 12 DUI offenders off the highways, only two of those were involved in crashes, so we feel like we got several of them off the road before they had the opportunity to crash, so we are extremely happy with our results for this weekend."
Thomasville troopers tell us in our area, there was one fatal accident in Northern Mitchell County.