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Albany area spared holiday traffic fatalities

ALBANY -- Traffic fatality counts provided by the Georgia State Patrol Monday indicate that Albany motorists were spared during the travel periods for both Christmas and New Year.

During the New Year's traveling period, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, there were 12 fatal crashes. The only ones in the Southwest Georgia area were investigated by the GSP post in Thomasville and the Valdosta Police Department.

The remaining fatal crashes were investigated by GSP posts in Cartersville, Atlanta, Villa Rica, Perry and Hinesville, as well as the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Macon Police Department and the Atlanta Police Department.

In a count including only incidents investigated by GSP, there were 196 crashes, 104 injuries and six deaths. In all, there were 12 fatalities.

During the New Year's traveling period last year, there were a total of 1,456 crashes, 594 injuries and 12 deaths. For the GSP-only count that year, there were 320 crashes, 270 injuries and seven deaths.

The Christmas traveling period ran from 6 p.m. Dec. 23 through midnight Dec. 26. During that time frame, the Atlanta Police Department, Cobb County Police Department and the GSP post in Washington investigated a total of four fatal crashes in Georgia.

In all, there were four deaths on the state's roads during the Christmas holiday weekend. Taking into account only GSP-investigated incidents, there were 280 crashes, 169 injuries and one death.

In 2010, the Christmas holiday period saw 641 crashes, 351 of which were investigated by a GSP post. There were a total of 387 injuries, 280 of which were from the GSP crash count, and three deaths.