December 14, 2017

Four Statewide Fatalities Reported During Christmas Weekend

The Georgia State Patrol is reporting that four individuals died as a result of traffic accidents during the 78-hour Christmas holiday weekend including three in the metro Atlanta area.

This number is up one form the same period in last year but it appears the overall number of crashes was down from 351 to 280 although some information may not be yet reported. State Troopers were out in full force 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 Monday. The New Year’s weekend saw seven traffic deaths take place in 2010.

In an earlier press release by the GSP, Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said impaired drivers, drivers traveling too fast for conditions, and the lack of safety belt use are the leading contributing factors to fatal crashes.

“Reducing the number of crashes involving speed, alcohol and seat belt violations will save many lives each year in Georgia. That’s why we patrol – to save lives.”-Colonel Mark McDonough

Image Courtesy of Georgia Department of Public Safety Website

 

Colonel McDonough said Georgia State Troopers will be patrolling throughout the holiday period.

The troopers will join with sheriffs’ deputies and police officers in a concentrated enforcement effort as part of Operation Click It or Ticket, Georgia’s high-visibility safety belt enforcement program coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Troopers will be enforcing Georgia’s primary safety belt law that now includes pick-up trucks.

“Please make sure everyone is properly restrained, especially children,” Colonel McDonough said.  “No one knows when a traffic crash will occur but studies have repeatedly shown that being properly restrained in a motor vehicle is the best protection to avoid seriously injury or death when a crash occurs.”

The Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers who will be on the road during the holiday period to also plan trips carefully by allowing ample time to reach your destination, plan for rest stops along the way, obey the posted speed limit, and don’t drive if you have consumed alcoholic beverages.

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