13 people died in car crashes over the Christmas holiday

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The fatality numbers are in for the Christmas holiday travel period and Georgia. According to the Georgia State Patrol, 13 people lost their lives in traffic deaths.

There were 10 fatal crashes throughout the state.

This year’s 78-hour holiday travel period began Friday, December 23, at 6:00 p.m., and ended Monday, Dec. 26, at 11:59 p.m.

Statewide, Georgia State Patrol Troopers investigated five fatal crashes causing seven fatalities. Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the 2022 Christmas holiday travel period include the Atlanta Police Department, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Police Department, and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

By The Numbers: In addition to fatal crashes, Troopers investigated more than 335 traffic crashes resulting in over 150 injuries. Additionally, more than 207 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence, while nearly 5,000 citations and 6,500 warnings were issued.

What were the numbers last year?: This year’s fatal crashes slightly decreased from the 2021 Christmas travel period when 18 deaths stemmed from 16 fatal crashes.

Currently, it is too soon to determine why the number of fatalities and fatality crashes diminished this year; however, Troopers heavily patrol the roadways during the Christmas travel period, with the goal of reducing fatalities.

Variables such as the number of drivers traveling, weather, the economy, and other factors impact each year’s final fatality and crash numbers.