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Holiday Season Traffic Fatalities in Georgia Rise by Close to Double

January 12, 2019

ATLANTA, GA- writes that a firefighter was among the 44 people killed in car accidents in Georgia during the holiday season in 2018. In 2017, 24 people died in car crashes during the same period of time, indicating that 2018’s holiday death toll spiked far above the previous year.*

One of the victims, 34-year-old James Joseph Conlan Jr. from Leesburg, died in a one-car accident during the holiday season. Conlan was a firefighter who served with the Albany Fire Department for over two decades. He had two daughters.

The Christmas period, defined as 126 hours around Christmas, saw twenty-six people die on the state’s roadways making it the deadlier of the end of the year holidays. The New Year’s period, which is 102 hours, had 18 traffic fatalities. 

Alcohol often factors into crashes that occur over the holidays. Georgia police officers arrested 368 people for driving under the influence around the New Year’s holiday. During the Christmas holiday hours, 285 drunk drivers were arrested. 

Holidays can be dangerous for people on the road because traffic is heavier and there tend to be more alcohol inhibited drivers than there are typically.  During the holidays, people are often traveling to and from festivitiesand may drink more alcohol than they normally do. It is extremely important that people who plan to celebrate with alcohol be sure to find a designated driver who can get them back home safely. Ifthere is no one to serve as a designated driver, people should use rideshareservices or taxis rather get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Drunk driving puts everyone on the road at risk. 

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