Georgia police begin holiday traffic count
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 04:38:45 GMT —
SECOND UPDATE (12/2)
The holiday weekend accident count was wrapped up at 11:59 p.m. Sunday evening. In Georgia, 556 accidents were reported by Georgia State Patrol with 244 injuries.
GSP also reported 10 deaths, but the total number of fatalities across the state reached 15, including the death of a 24-year-old Tifton man.
Officials say though this number has gone down from 2012's count of 21 fatalities, the number of those killed on Georgia's roads is still too high.
UPDATE (11/29 8 P.M.)
As of 8 p.m. on Friday evening, the accident count across the state of Georgia has risen to 208 with 119 reported injuries.
Georgia State Patrol has also recorded another fatality, bring the total number of deaths on the roads to seven since 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Every year, law enforcement throughout the state team up to keep track of the accidents happening from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening through 11:59 p.m. Sunday evening.
As of 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Georgia State Patrol officials have reported 121 accidents with 65 injuries and three deaths, but there are 6 fatalities total reported across the state.
Officials say though drinking, texting and distractions can play a part, rushing to get somewhere is the biggest danger.
"This morning a couple of us are out and I've noticed the speeds have increased I guess because today everyone is rushing trying to get to the Thanksgiving dinner," said GSP Post Commander Shawn Urquhart.
If you're planning to travel this weekend, officials say make sure to watch your speed and stay conscious of others around you on the roads.