Holiday Travel Figures Released

The final traffic numbers are in from state officials for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities reported across the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight, while local law enforcement agencies investigated the other eight.

Officials say that of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers, alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in four of the crashes, and 7 of the victims were not using seat belts. Also, authorities say there was one fatal pedestrian collision being investigated by troopers. Authorities goes on to say that almost all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol, or the victim failing to use a seat belt.

The number of traffic fatalities is up just slightly from last year, when there were 18 fatalities in a 102-hour holiday travel period.

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

Officials say that state troopers investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes during the period that resulted in 263 injuries. The number of crashes is up from last year’s 466, but the number of injuries is down from last year’s 303.