Holiday Travel Update

Three people have been killed on Georgia highways so far this New Year’s holiday travel period.

That’s according to the latest report from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Those deaths were reported in the Athens, Macon, and Valdosta areas.

The New Year’s holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and lasts through midnight tonight, for a total of 102 hours.

During last year’s New Year’s holiday, 13 people were killed on Georgia highways in a 78-hour holiday travel period.

This year, the Georgia State Patrol says that to this point it has investigated 401 crashes over the holiday travel period. That is more than last year’s total of 296 crashes.

In other holiday-related news … both Stephens County Government Offices and Toccoa City Hall are closed today in observance of New Year’s Day.

In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up today will be picked up on Wednesday.

Commercial garbage will be picked up as usual, but yard waste and other items will not be picked up.

The Toccoa Police and Fire Departments will be on duty. Utility department employees, as well as employees from the Public Works Department, will be on call for emergency situations.