Twenty People Killed in Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Period Crashes

November 28, 2016

(ATLANTA) - Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths.  The holiday period began Wednesday, November 23, at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday at midnight.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 608 traffic crashes that resulted in 286 injuries.  Troopers also investigated 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 17 traffic deaths.  The fatal crashes occurred in Putnam, Laurens, Dougherty, Carroll, Bryan, Lamar, Coweta, Decatur, Gilmer, Grady, Warren, Ware, and Oglethorpe counties.  Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Floyd Co. PD, Savannah Chatham Metro PD, and Cobb Co. PD.

In addition to crash investigations, State Troopers arrested 273 people for driving under the influence.


Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Count

6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 - Midnight Sunday

102-Hour Holiday Period

Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia  
Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers 17
Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies 3
Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period 20


GSP Troops Agencies Reporting Fatalities



Troop A

Floyd Co. PD

Troop B GSP Blue Ridge 1
Troop C Cobb Co. PD 1
Troop D GSP Villa Rica (2); GSP Forsyth; GSP Newnan 4
Troop E GSP Madison; GSP Grovetown (2); GSP Washington 4
Troop F GSP Dublin 1
Troop G GSP Albany (2); GSP Colquitt (2) 4
Troop H   0
Troop I  Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan PD; GSP Rincon (2); GSP Waycross 4


Contact Information: 
DPS Public Information Office - (404) 624-7597