Shorter Holiday Periods in 2019 and Fewer Traffic Fatalities
GEORGIA - Augustachronicle.com writes that the holiday period was shorter in 2019 and that fatal traffic crashes in Georgia and South Carolina decreased as compared with other years.
A total of 22 people died in holiday period collisions in South Carolina and Georgia combined. In McDuffie County, a 29-year-old motorist died when he drove off Happy Valley Road and collided with a utility pole and multiple trees. The man was thrown from his car, which was the only vehicle involved in the incident. A 21-year-old woman died in a crash in Aiken County on Interstate 20 when the van she was traveling in struck a tree. The woman was a passenger in the vehicle.
This year, Georgia officials reported that fourteen people died in traffic accidents during the Christmas travel period, and another two died over the New Year holiday period. In South Carolina, two people died in collisions over the Christmas period and four during the New Year holiday travel period.
Officers in Georgia arrested 124 people for drunk driving during the Christmas period and 160 over the New Year period. South Carolina Officers arrested 120 drunk drivers. According to police, the New Year period has more drunk drivers because people are more likely to go out when they are celebrating compared with Christmas, where people are also consuming alcohol but are more likely to be drinking in their home or a family member's.
Police roadblocks stopped drivers to check for possible DUIs but stated that there were more people using rideshare services and fewer choosing to drive drunk. Overall, police say traffic and the number of incidents in the region were not too bad as compared to previous years.
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