October 22, 2020

20 people die in Thanksgiving crashes statewide

(Atlanta, GA) — Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths.

The holiday period began Wednesday, November 23, at 6:00 PM and ended Sunday at midnight. Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 608 traffic crashes that resulted in 286 injuries.

Troopers also investigated 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 17 traffic deaths.

The fatal crashes occurred in Putnam, Laurens, Dougherty, Carroll, Bryan, Lamar, Coweta, Decatur, Gilmer, Grady, Warren, Ware, and Oglethorpe counties.

Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Floyd Co. PD, Savannah Chatham Metro PD, and Cobb Co. PD.

Area crashes killed three people including the 16-year-old Temple High School student and her boyfriend that were killed Thanksgiving night in Carroll County.

Drug use may have been a factor in a Coweta crash that claimed the life of  63-year-old Daniel Millirons Friday morning on HWY 29 North.

In addition to crash investigations, State Troopers arrested 273 people for driving under the influence.

GDPS reported 14 traffic fatalities during the same travel period in 2015.

“Unfortunately the rise is likely due to a number of factors,” Katie Fallon, public information officer for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety told the Albany Herald this week.

“This year, we were due to see an increase in Thanksgiving travel, the most since 2007, so certainly there were more cars on the road. Gas prices were down in time for the holiday, so that contributed to more people being able to travel. But, finally, it’s things like distracted driving and not buckling up that continue to be a problem both in Georgia and nationwide.”

“Even one death is too many,” added Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the Albany Herald’s report.

“As of Monday morning, we have had 1,353 fatalities on Georgia roads. That compares to 1,285 on the same day last year. We have an epidemic of deaths on Georgia roads. We are seeing increases in single car crashes, and over 50 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. We really need the public’s help to reduce these fatalities.”

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