17 Killed on Ga. Highways Over Christmas

17 people were killed on Georgia highways this Christmas holiday season.

That is according to the final count from the Georgia State Patrol.

The Christmas holiday travel count covers a period of time that began Friday at 6 p.m. and concluded at midnight Tuesday.

The 17 fatalities this Christmas holiday far surpasses the number of fatalities during last year’s holiday travel period, when 3 people were killed on Georgia highways.

This year, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 685 crashes during the Christmas holiday travel period, which is way up from last year’s total of 289.

In another traffic-related note, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures through midnight January 1. However, officials say that incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

To keep up with real-time traffic, DOT officials encourage travelers to use 511, which is a free phone call from anywhere in Georgia. It is also available online at www.511ga.org.