Update: Traffic fatalities down for 2017 Thanksgiving travel period

press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation

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Update: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 – 

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel period were down from the 16 reported in 2016. Georgia State Patrol reported 12 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday travel period was 102-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 22, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 26.

According to GSP, statewide, troopers investigated 627 traffic crashes that resulted in 294 injuries, and 12 fatalities. Also 299 people were arrested for driving under the influence, and 11,289 citations and 15,619 warnings were issued.

Gwinnett County Police Department was the only local agency that reported a traffic death during the holiday period.

Update – 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 –

With two more fatalities worked overnight by the Georgia State Patrol post in Dublin, the number of fatalities reported by GSP for the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel period at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning is 11. There are less than 18 hours left in this year’s travel period for Thanksgiving.

Update – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017  

Georgia State Patrol updated at 6 a.m. on Saturday that the Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Fatality Count stands at 9. The additional two deaths were reported in accidents worked by GSP Post 7 in Toccoa and GSP Post 29 in Paulding County. GSP continue to urge drivers to slow down. There are two days left in this Thanksgiving Holiday travel period. Last year, 16 people died on Georgia roads during the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Update – 8: 30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

As at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, there were seven fatalities reported on Georgia Roads by Georgia State Patrol. As well as the three worked by Athens Post 32 and one in Calhoun by 6 a.m. Thanksgiving day, there was one reported in Gwinnett County, one in Gainesville and one in Dublin.

Update – 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

As at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017, there were already four fatalities reported on Georgia roads just 12 hours into the 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period. Georgia State Patrol is reporting that three of the fatalities were reported in two separate accidents worked by Athens Post 32, which covers the counties of Clarke, Barrow, Madison, Oconee and Jackson. The fourth fatality was reported in Calhoun.

GSP urges safe and sober driving this Thanksgiving Travel period.

Initial Story

Atlanta, GA—Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and the Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving travel period. This year’s travel period is 102-hours long and begins at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 26. In 2016, during a similar travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 648 traffic crashes that resulted in 347 injuries, and 16 traffic fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers issued 10,652 citations and 15,207 warnings.

Thanksgiving is ordinarily one of the most hectic travel periods of the year, and state troopers are urging motorists to remain safety-minded as they travel throughout the state. “We take saving lives seriously and want to make holiday travel as safe as possible, so troopers will be on high visibility patrols keeping a close watch out for drivers not obeying the traffic laws,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

If you know that you will be consuming alcohol, be responsible and designate a sober driver before the festivities begin. Driving under the influence is unacceptable. A driver that operates a vehicle impaired puts the lives of others on the road in danger. During last year’s holiday period, 292 arrests were made for driving under the influence.

“Each holiday travel period, troopers investigate wrecks that could have been preventable, had the drivers put safety first. So, please plan your Thanksgiving road trip carefully,” said Colonel McDonough. “Buckle up, allow ample time to reach your destination, be courteous to other drivers, obey the speed limit, and do not drive distracted,” he added.

The Thanksgiving holiday period is also an Operation C.A.R.E. holiday, where state law enforcement officers across the country join together for a concerted effort to encourage safe travel. The goal of Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on the nation’s roads by balancing high visibility enforcement with educational outreach.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga_dps

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