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Traffic deaths for Christmas falls below projection

POSTED: January 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Twelve people were killed in crashes on state roadways over the Christmas holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But the latest number of fatalities falls well short of the prediction, perhaps a sign of increased vigilance among drivers and law enforcement.

There were 3,877 crashes on state roadways during the holiday period. Those crashes resulted in 893 injuries.The total for the full 78 hours last year was 1,107 injuries and 22 fatalities, the Georgia State Patrol said. There were 2,482 crashes last year. Of this year’s 12 fatalities, none came from Hall County or any of the other counties served by the Georgia State Patrol’s Troop B.

Sgt. Kiley Sargent with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said the Georgia State Patrol usually contacts him when there are accidents with serious injuries or fatalities, and he had not heard about any injuries over the Christmas holiday period.

"It’s been pretty uneventful, which is a good thing," Sargent said.

Operator Chase Boyd at the Georgia State Patrol Post in Gainesville said the patrol did not work any wrecks in Hall County on Christmas, and the days around the holiday were pretty standard.

"We didn’t really get called out to anything massive," Boyd said.

However, the holiday travel period is not quite over. State officials are predicting that another 12 people could die on Georgia’s roads over a 102-hour period during the New Year’s holiday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story



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