19 Die in Georgia Traffic Accidents over the Thanksgiving Holiday
Speed, alcohol and failure to wear a seat belt were factors in almost all of the fatal crashes.
The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities across the state. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight Sunday.
The 19 traffic fatalities amount to one more than in 2011. Almost all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol or the victim failing to use a seat belt.
State troopers investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes during the period that resulted in 263 injuries. Of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers, alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in 4 of the crashes, and 7 of the victims were not using seat belts. There was one fatal pedestrian collision investigated by troopers.
Local law enforcement agencies investigated eight of the fatal crashes, including a single-vehicle accident in Forsyth County on Thanksgiving day and a three-vehicle accident in Norcross on Sunday morning.