24 killed on Georgia roads during Thanksgiving holiday, doubling last year’s number

24 killed on Georgia roads during Thanksgiving holiday, doubling last year’s number

ATLANTA — The 2020 Thanksgiving holiday was an especially deadly one on Georgia roads. Two dozen people were killed in crashes, which doubled 2019′s number.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety released the numbers this week, and it showed that during the 102-hour long Thanksgiving travel period, there were 23 fatal crashes and 24 fatalities reported to the Georgia State Patrol.

The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 29.

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Statewide, GSP Troopers investigated 604 traffic crashes resulting in 317 injuries and 17 deaths in the 16 fatal crashes investigated. In addition to crash investigations, troopers wrote 11,172 citations, 13,184 warnings, and arrested 281 impaired drivers.

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Citations were also given for 940 seat belt, 217 child restraint, 6,509 speeding and 619 distracted driving violations.

GSP Troops Local Agencies Reporting Fatalities Total Fatalities
Troop A GSP Post 29 1
Troop B GSP Post 6, Gainesville PD 2
Troop C Clayton PD, Gwinnett PD, Fulton PD, Dekalb PD 4
Troop D
Troop E GSP Post 17, Post 33, Post 46, Richmond CO SO 4
Troop F GSP Post 18, Post 19, Post 20 5
Troop G GSP Post 10, Post 12 4
Troop H GSP Post 13, Peach County SO 2
Troop I GSP Post 22 2

In 2019, Georgia DPH reported 12 traffic deaths during the same period.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 214 injuries and nine fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 325 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Troopers, MCCD Officers and Capitol Police Officer issued 11,735 citations and 16,259 warnings.

Local agencies reporting the other three traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Clayton Co. PD, South Fulton PD, and Henry Co. PD.