14 Killed on Ga. Highways Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

December 2, 2013

The state’s Department of Public Safety said Monday that 14 people were killed on Georgia highways during the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend.

This year’s holiday travel period went from 6 p.m. on Wednesday through midnight Sunday.

The final figure of 14 fatalities for this year is a drop from last year’s figure of 21 fatalities on Georgia highways.

One of the fatalities was reported in the northeast Georgia area.

The state’s Department of Public Safety said that occurred in the Gainesville post coverage area of the Georgia State Patrol.

That covers Banks, Hall, and White counties.

This year’s 14 fatalities on state roads does not approach the all-time high or low numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969.  The lowest was 4 in 1949.

During this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 556 crashes that resulted in 244 injuries.

Both of those numbers are down from last year’s holiday period, when GSP troopers investigated 682 crashes that resulted in 380 injuries.

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