Holiday Travel Update

November 23, 2012

The latest figures show that Georgia has had four traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

To this point, the Georgia State Patrol said it has investigated 184 crashes with 75 injuries since the Thanksgiving holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period runs through midnight Sunday, for a total of 102 hours.

Last year during a similar 102-hour period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 466 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 303 injuries and 13 fatalities. When looking at all state agencies last year, there were 18 fatalities and 979 injuries in 2,527 crashes.

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

Meanwhile, here a couple of reminders:

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state routes through 9 p.m. on Sunday. DOT officials have said that incident management or emergency-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

In addition, Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices are both closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recycling scheduled to be picked up today will be picked up on Tuesday, November 27. Commercial garbage will be picked up as usual, but yard waste and other items will not be picked up.

 

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