10 die in Ga. holiday crashes

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 6:59 AM
Last updated 6:21 PM
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ATLANTA — Authorities say 10 people died in traffic crashes across Georgia during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period.

The Georgia State Patrol said the 10 people died in eight fatal crashes.

Deadly wrecks were reported by police in Cobb, Gwinnett and Henry counties, along with Georgia State Patrol officials in Douglas, Toccoa, Valdosta, Cartersville, and Madison.

The Georgia State Patrol said in a statement that officials investigated 373 traffic crashes which resulted in 230 injuries.

State troopers also arrested 240 people during the holiday period who are accused of driving under the influence. Troopers also issued 983 citations for seat belt violations and recovered six stolen vehicles.

The holiday count began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Monday.

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