We all know that the holidays are a time for family, relaxing, travel, eating and drinking. Unfortunately, the combination of winter weather, free-flowing alcohol, and congested roadways can result in an increase in traffic accidents and related injuries. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, there were six traffic related fatalities in the 102 hour period beginning on Friday, the 31st at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight on Tuesday, the 1st day of 2013. Three of the crashes were reported by the Georgia State Patrol posts in Athens, Madison, and Valdosta. The remained three were reported by the Cobb County Police, Warner Robins Police, and Macon Police.
In addition to these accidents involving fatalities, the State Patrol also investigated 585 traffic crashes during the holiday weekend, and reported 266 injuries in addition to the 3 fatalities already reported. The preliminary data indicates that 321 people were arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
To compare this data with last year’s New Year’s holiday period (78 hours), state troopers responded to 296 crashes that involved 172 injuries. There were 13 fatal crashes over the holiday period, and state troopers arrested 262 people for suspicion of impaired driving.
Driving safely is always important, but with the increased risks associated with the holiday season drivers should be extra vigilant. In an effort to mitigate the increased risks on Georgia’s roadways in the holiday season, the state has implemented “Operation Safe Holidays,” a program aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. In addition to reminding Georgia motorists to drive sober, they also are asking drivers to be extra vigilant while driving. The state’s website offers the following tips on how to stay safe on the roads this season:
- Plan a safe way to get home before attending a party or other social gathering
- Always designate a sober driver, leave your keys at home
- If you have had too much to drink, call a cab, a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
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