November 25, 2020

Nine Traffic Fatalities over Christmas Holiday Weekend

(Atlanta, GA) — The Georgia State Patrol reported nine fatalities during the official Christmas holiday travel period that began last Thursday at 6 p.m. and extended through midnight Sunday.

The GSP investigated six of the deaths while local agencies in Byron, Cobb County, and Effingham County handled the other three.

In 2014, Troopers investigated 601 traffic crashes over the Christmas travel period that resulted in 338 injuries and 14 fatalities.

The New Year holiday travel period will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, and end Sunday, January 3.

During the New Year’s travel period in 2014, there were 724 crashes and 318 injuries reported along with 10 deaths.

During the New Year’s holiday travel period, Georgia State Troopers will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from across the state for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, a high visibility enforcement campaign which targets impaired drivers.

“Enjoy the holidays, but if you drive impaired, you will go to jail,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety

During last year’s Christmas holiday period, 146 arrests were made for driving under the influence, and 349 people were arrested during the New Year’s holiday. “If you know that you will be consuming alcoholic beverages, plan ahead to have a designated driver,” he added.

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