Fifteen people were killed in holiday traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Georgia State troopers investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 244 injuries and 10 fatalities. Additional fatalities were reported by Macon Police, DeKalb County Police, Athens-Clarke County Police, and two fatalities by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
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The Georgia Department of Public Safety oversees the day-to-day operations of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). GSP troopers investigate traffic crashes and enforce traffic and criminal laws on the state’s roads. Capitol Police officers prevent and detect criminal acts, and enforce traffic regulations throughout Capitol Hill. MCCD officers conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and inspect highway Hazmat shipments.
The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 and ends at midnight Sunday, December 1.
Georgia State Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for occupant protection violations this week as part of Operation Click It or Ticket, Georgia’s high visibility seat belt enforcement program. The enforcement wave will last through the Thanksgiving holiday period which ends Sunday, December 1 at midnight.