Troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and road checks across the state during the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Georgia State Patrol troopers will be out in full force this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, on the look out for impaired drivers and other violations in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents. “We know from past experience that speed, alcohol, and failing to use seat belts are the primary contributing factors in fatal crashes,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in a released statement. “By conducting concentrated patrols or holding roadchecks across the state, troopers, deputies and officers can intercept violators before they are involved in a serious traffic crash.” The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 and ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25. Last …
The Georgia State Patrol reports 15 traffic fatalities statewide over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, compared to 13 for the same period last year.
During the 102-hour travel weekend that began on Wednesday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight, there were 15 fatalities statewide over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety . Last year the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) reported 437 crashes, 397 injuries and 8 fatalities. Statewide in 2010, with all agencies reporting, there were 13 fatalities, 2,571 crashes and 1,099 injuries reported. The fatalities over the weekend included three from the GSP Post in Cartersville, one from the GSP Post in Blue Ridge, one from the GSP Post in Toccoa, one from Gwinnett County Police, one from Columbus Police, one from GSP Post in Forsyth (Georgia), four from GSP Post in Villa Rica, one from Richmond County…