The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities reported across the state. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight.
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 four of the crashes, and 7 of the victims were not using seat belts. There was one fatal pedestrian collision investigated by troopers.
Almost all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol, or the victim failing to use a seat belt.
Local law enforcement agencies investigated 8 of the fatal crashes.
A list of agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period is available at the Georgia Department of Public Safety website http://dps.georgia.gov under “Latest”.