UPDATED: 17 Fatalties Reported in Christmas Holiday Traffic
Another traffic fatality has been reported by the Georgia State Patrol, whose troopers investigated 685 crashes with 300 injuries.
UPDATED 2:15 P.M., DEC. 26: Links to articles about Duluth and Smyrna fatal accidents are included.
Seventeen traffic deaths were reported in the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period,which began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight, Christmas Day, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
There were 685 crashes with 300 injuries and 11 deaths investigated by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). Other agencies have reported six traffic fatalities, including a fatal two-car collision in Smyrna just before midnight on Monday that claimed the life of a Marietta woman and a one-car accident in Duluth that claimed that driver's life on Christmas Day.
The fatalities count is much higher than in 2011 already, when three traffic deaths were reported. In 2011 there were 1,898 accidents with 693 injuries reported by all agencies.
Fatalities have been reported in the following jurisdictions during the 2012 Christmas holiday travel period:
- GSP Rome
- GSP Calhoun (3)
- GSP Toccoa
- GSP Athens
- GSP Gainesville
- College Park Police
- Smyrna Police
- Cobb County Police
- Gwinnett County Police
- Newman Police
- GSP Grovetown
- Rockdale Sheriff's Office
- GSP Sylvania
- GSP Thomasville (2)