Christmas Vehicle Accident Fatalities Upped to 26 in Georgia
GEORGIA – According to an online news report from wsbtv.com, the number of vehicle accident fatalities that occurred in Georgia during the Christmas holiday travel period has been upped to 26.*
The Christmas travel period ran from Friday, December 21, to Wednesday, December 26. During the time span, Troopers say more than two dozen people were killed on Georgia roads. The numbers released so far show a total of 26 people died in vehicle accidents in Georgia during the five-day traveling period. This is double the number of fatal crashes that occurred during the same time in 2017.
Troopers responded to 700 vehicle crashes during the travel period in 2018, of which 333 resulted in injuries. In 2017, Troopers in the state responded to 515 vehicle crashes during Christmas travel. Christmas fell on a Tuesday this year, which extended the usual traveling time around the holiday, putting more cars on the road for a longer period of time. In addition, Troopers saw more problems on the roads with dangerous driving.
“We’re seeing an increase in speeders and high speeds,” said Post Commander Sgt. Chris Rodewolt. “We’re seeing an increase in drinking and driving, people getting on the road after going to Christmas parties with too much alcohol in their systems.”
Troopers are planning to continue heavy patrol into the New Year, particularly on New Year’s Eve, to catch people drinking and driving. New Year’s tends to be the deadliest time on the roads every year. Sgt. Rodewolt encouraged everyone in the state to make plans for safe rides prior to heading out on New Year’s Eve.
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