Alabama, Georgia state troopers report rise in Thanksgiving traffic deaths

File: Traffic checkpoint (WTVR)
File: Traffic checkpoint (WTVR)

Traffic safety experts predict the Thanksgiving holiday is the most traveled time of the year for motorists.

In Georgia alone, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the state saw 1,338 fatalities between the start of 2016 and before the holiday weekend – the highest number of traffic deaths in ten years.

“Law enforcement says statistically, one out of every ten drivers is impaired. They stress safety by reminding people to stay alert and eliminate distractions,” Director Harris Blackwood says.

This Thanksgiving in Georgia, 20 additional traffic-related deaths were reported between November 23rd and November 27th. This compared to last year’s 14 shows a slight rise.

Similarly in Alabama, state troopers investigated 14 travelers who lost their lives over the weekend – compared to 10 deaths in the same time period in 2015.

Troopers also arrested 273 people for driving under the influence.

 

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