Update: With 6 travel hours left on the Thanksgiving weekend, fatalities surpass 2017

Press release from Georgia State Patrol

Update: At 6 p.m. on Sunday night, with six hours left in the 102 hour Thanksgiving travel weekend, 15 people had died on Georgia roads. Last year, 11 people lost their lives over the weekend. 
Update: With 36 hours still to go on the busiest travel time of the Thanksgiving weekend, Georgia State Patrol reports that 10 people had already died on Georgia roads. In 2017, 11 people lost their lives on the roads over the whole weekend. GSP continues to urge caution while out on the roads this final travel day of the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Update: By midnight on Friday, Nov. 23, Georgia State Patrol reported that six people had died on Georgia roads over the Thanksgiving travel weekend, one of them in neighboring Gwinnett County. GSP continues to urge caution on the roads during this heavy travel weekend warns motorists not to drink and drive.
Update: As at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22, 2018, three people had died on Georgia roads. Troopers continue to urge caution on roads during this heavy travel weekend.

(ATLANTA, GA) – The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is 102-hours long, beginning at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 21, and ending at 11:59 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 25.“In an effort to reduce traffic crashes and deter bad driving behaviors, troopers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state during the holiday period”, said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

According to AAA, this year we will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. They are predicting that the vast majority of travelers – 48.5 million – will be traveling by automobile.

“Plan your road trips wisely and allow plenty of time to reach your destination,” said Colonel McDonough. “Also remember to always buckle up, follow the speed limit, and under no circumstances should you drive distracted or impaired,” he added.

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 665 crashes that resulted in 373 injuries and 11 fatalities. In addition to crash investigations, troopers arrested 278 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 11,184 citations and 15,507 warnings.

During the holiday period, an updated traffic fatality count will be published on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.

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