Tuesday June 18th, 2024 11:26PM

Hall County Sheriff's Office releases traffic statistics from busy Memorial Day Weekend

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office made 20 impaired driving arrests and stopped more than 200 drivers for excessive speeding over the Memorial Day Weekend. 

In a Facebook Post, the sheriff's office said their patrol division called it one of the busiest Memorial Day weekends in recent memory.

“Every member of our H.E.A.T. Unit and our Traffic Unit worked this weekend with the goal of keeping the roadways safe and putting a stop to dangerous driving on roads in our county,” Patrol Division Sgt. Jeremy Cooksey said.

One driver was clocked going 132 mph on I-985 according to the post. 

Deputies made seven reckless driving arrests and four arrests for racing. 

In one racing incident, two of the offenders were clocked at 129 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-985.

In another incident, the offenders were driving 99 mph in a 45 mph zone on Atlanta Highway, according to the sheriff's office. 

“We believe our enforcement efforts are instrumental in reaching our goal of Zero traffic fatalities in Hall County over the Memorial Day weekend,” Sgt. Cooksey said. “When you are able to take impaired drivers, aggressive speeders and reckless drivers off the roadways, it makes for safer roads for law-abiding citizens and families.”

Memorial Day Weekend statistics for HCSO Patrol Division:

(Statistics compiled for Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2024)

20 DUI arrests

7 reckless driving arrests

4 racing arrests

9  drug arrests

218  speeding contacts (includes arrests, citations and warnings)

29  occupant safety contacts

11  distracted driving contacts

Top speeds recorded:

132 mph in a 70 on I-985

129 mph x 2 in a 70 on I-985

107 mph in a 55 on Athens Hwy.

102 mph x 2 in a 70 on I-985

101 mph in a 70 on I-985

99 mph in a 45 x 2 on Atlanta Hwy.

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