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17 Killed in Holiday Weekend Accidents in Georgia

The 102-hour travel period ended at midnight on Dec. 25.

A total of 17 traffic deaths were reported in Georgia for the 102-hour holiday travel period which began Friday, Dec. 21 at at 6 p.m. and ended Tuesday, Dec. 25 at midnight, according to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).

GSP troopers investigated 685 crashes resulting in 300 injuries and 11 fatalities. Six traffic fatalities were investigated by other law enforcement agencies.

The number of traffic-related deaths is much higher than in 2011 when three people were killed in accidents during the Christmas holiday travel period. 

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North Georgia Weather December 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I don't understand the logic for that period. Traffic was stop and go in places on I-75 in Florida yesterday, both north and south bound. People are still going somewhere. Why wouldn't there be more days on the tail-end?
Kristi Reed December 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
That's a good question. You'd really think it would run all the way through Dec. 26 at a minimum.
Scott December 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It seems like there was probably 48 additional hours in the holiday this year. So, simply looking at 3 deaths in 2011 and 17 this year isn't a fare comparison. Christmas was on Sunday last year so the Monday & Tuesday time this year lead to more deaths. It would depend what a non-holiday or "normal" weekend fatality rate is to see how much the spike was for this holiday season. Add to that all the rain/wet roads around the state this year it probably really helped spike the number. Either way, people need to drive safer and give more than taking on the road.

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