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Roads mostly quiet during New Year's holiday

Bowl games, rain kept many people home

POSTED: January 1, 2013 11:30 p.m.

The New Year’s holiday may have been festive in homes and hotels, but it was quiet on the roads.

“It has been a quiet holiday for the most part,” said Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department.

“Traffic is lighter than usual on the roadways. The weather may be playing a part in that.”

Steady rain made it tricky for those on the road but also gave travelers another reason to stay home, along with a bevy of college bowl games — including The University of Georgia against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

Area authorities said traffic was going smoothly — “It’s like a regular day,” according to one dispatcher.

Statewide, the Georgia Department of Public Safety was reporting Tuesday that six people had died in wrecks statewide — three worked by the Georgia State Patrol, including one by Post 32 in Athens, and three worked by other law enforcement agencies.

Overall, the GSP had worked 539 crashes statewide, with a total of 249 people injured.

During New Year’s last year, the Department of Public Safety reported that the state patrol investigated 296 traffic crashes, with the GSP working seven fatalities and all law enforcement agencies working 13.

Also, last year, 262 people were arrested for driving under the influence.

This year’s holiday traffic count started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Tuesday.

Col. Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the public safety department, said troopers were at the ready over the holiday, emphasizing a lookout for impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, and speeders.


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