Georgia Saw an Increase in Traffic Deaths During Thanksgiving 2018
GEORGIA – During the travel period for Thanksgiving 2018 in the state of Georgia, more people died than during the prior year’s holiday travel, according to an online news report from wrbl.com.*
Georgia State Patrol says 16 people died on Georgia roadways during the 2018 Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday during Thanksgiving week. The number is up from 12 deaths during the same travel period in 2017. Details about each fatal accident have not yet been released.
According to AAA, more than 50 million people were expected be traveling during Thanksgiving 2018, which represented an almost 5 percent increase from 2017 and the highest volume of travel since 2005. Georgia has been working to reduce annual traffic deaths in the state and set a target goal of 41 fewer fatalities per year. Based on data from the Georgia DOT, the state did not meet the goal in 2017 but might still be on course to exceed it in 2018.
Georgia was on a path of rising traffic deaths coming out of 2015 and 2016, during which 1,432 and 1,561 people died in car accidents in the state, respectively. Fatality numbers dropped slightly in 2017, according to the DOT’s most recent figures calculated in early 2018. A total of 1,549 people died in Georgia traffic accidents during 2017, which represents only 12 fewer deaths, rather than the targeted 41.
Figures available at this time from the Georgia DOT look more optimistic. So far in 2018, the DOT shows 1,198 traffic fatalities on Georgia roads. With the year quickly coming to an end, the state has a good chance of reversing the trend of increased traffic deaths. The number is still above the 10-year low of 1,170 (in 2014), but it signals progress for the state.
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