(Atlanta, GA) – Traffic crashes across Georgia during the 102-hour long Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 23 fatal crashes and 24 fatalities reported to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). This includes a crash in Morgan County that resulted in the death of a Madison resident investigated by Post 46 in Monroe and a fatal motorcycle accident in Gwinnett County.
In comparison, last year over the same period GSP reported half that number, 12 fatalities on Georgia road during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 29.
Statewide, GSP Troopers investigated 604 traffic crashes resulting in 317 injuries and 17 deaths in the 16 fatal crashes investigated. In addition to crash investigations, troopers and motor carrier officers wrote 11,172 citations, 13,184 warnings, and arrested 281 impaired drivers. Citations were also given for 940 seat belt, 217 child restraint, 6,509 speeding and 619 distracted driving violations.
Clayton County PD, Dekalb County PD, Fulton County PD, Gainesville PD, Gwinnett County PD, Peach County SO, and Richmond County SO reported 7 of the traffics death during the holiday period.
Thanksgiving Day Holiday Traffic Count
6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25 – 11:59 p.m. Sun., Nov. 29
102-Hour Holiday Period
|Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia||Deaths|
|Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers||17 (16 fatal crashes)|
|Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies||7 (7 fatal crashes)|
|Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period||24 (23 fatal crashes)|
|GSP Troops and Local Agencies Reporting Fatalities||Total Fatalities|
|Troop A GSP Post 29||1|
|Troop B GSP Post 6, Gainesville PD||2|
|Troop C Clayton PD, Gwinnett PD, Fulton PD, Dekalb PD||4|
|Troop E GSP Post 17, Post 33, Post 46, Richmond CO SO||4|
|Troop F GSP Post 18, Post 19, Post 20||5|
|Troop G GSP Post 10, Post 12||4|
|Troop H GSP Post 13, Peach County SO||2|
|Troop I GSP Post 22||2|