Seventeen traffic deaths were reported during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period which began Friday at 6 p.m. and continued through Christmas Day at midnight, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
There were 685 crashes with 300 injuries and 11 deaths investigated by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Other agencies reported six traffic fatalities, including one reported by the Newnan Police Department in neighboring Coweta County.
The fatalities count was much higher than in 2011, when four traffic deaths were reported during a shorter 78-hour holiday period. In 2011 there were 1,898 crashes with 693 injuries reported by all agencies.
State Troopers were out in full force over the weekend as they are for several holiday periods throughout the year.
They will once again be out this upcoming weekend with the arrival of the New Year. The official New Year’s holiday weekend will begin Friday at 6:00 p.m. and last through midnight on Tuesday.