GSP Offers Holiday Travel Update

The Georgia State Patrol is reporting that a few hours into the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, it has investigated no fatal accidents.

To this point, the Georgia State Patrol has investigated 60 crashes with 12 injuries.

The official Georgia State Patrol holiday traffic reporting period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday, November 25 for a total of 102 hours.

Last year during a similar 102-hour period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 466 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 303 injuries and 13 fatalities. When looking at all state agencies last year, there were 18 fatalities and 979 injuries in 2,527 crashes.

The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969 and the lowest was four in 1949.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state routes through 9 p.m. on Sunday. DOT officials have said that incident management or emergency-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

In addition, Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices are both closed today and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up Thursday will be picked up on Monday, November 26. Routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Tuesday, November 27. Commercial garbage will be picked up as usual, but yard waste and other items will not be picked up.