Traffic fatalities up as Georgians prepare for holiday travel

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — Health officials are urging Americans not to travel this holiday season. Millions are still expected to travel by car over Thanksgiving. The Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia State Patrol predict there will be “2,915 traffic crashes, 1,301 injuries and 20 traffic deaths on Georgia roads” from Wednesday, November 22 until Sunday, November 26.

Kyle Collins, a district communications specialist for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said as of November 23, there had been 1,350 traffic fatalities in 2020. This is an increase compared to the same time period in 2019. He said this is “likely due to several factors including increased speeds, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use.”

“Just remember, every action that you take or don’t take can affect hundreds of people.”

Richmond County is seeing traffic fatalities first hand. 27 people have died on the roads in 2020.

“They’re [happening] all over the county,” Cpl. Chuck Benson said. “Places you wouldn’t expect to see fatalities, we’re seeing them.”

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