Two Killed So Far on Ga. Highways

So far, the Georgia Department of Public Safety says that two people have been killed on Georgia highways during the New Year’s holiday travel period.

The New Year’s holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through midnight Tuesday.

Those fatal crashes have been reported in Macon and the Valdosta area.

As of the last report, the Georgia State Patrol has investigated 285 crashes during the holiday travel period this year.

During the entire New Year’s holiday travel period last year, the GSP investigated 296 crashes.

However, this New Year’s holiday travel period is 102 hours long, compared to a 78-hour long holiday period last year.

Authorities have reminded motorists to plan carefully before hitting the highways and to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of the celebrations.

Local and state law enforcement officials said they are patrolling throughout the holiday period with enforcement emphasis on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, and drivers exceeding the speed limit.

Also, the Georgia Department of Transportation has reminded motorists that it has suspended construction-related lane closures through midnight January 1. However, officials said that incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.