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Year-end holiday traffic deaths down

Two fewer traffic deaths occurred over the New Year’s holiday and none during Christmas

ATLANTA — After a Christmas travel period that was free of traffic fatalities, the Georgia Department of Public Safety reported today that there were two fewer traffic deaths over the New Year’s holiday than the previous one.

For the period that started at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ended at midnight Wednesday, there were five fatalities reported in Georgia, including one worked by the Georgia State Patrol post in Cartersville. There were single fatalities reported by Marietta police and Waycross police, and two reported by Cobb County police.

In the 2012-13 holiday period, which was 102 hours long from 6 p.m. Dec. 28, 2012, which fell on a Friday, until midnight Jan. 1, 2013, which was a Tuesday, the state had seven traffic deaths.

Over the 30-hour period that ended Wednesday, state troopers worked 137 crashes that resulted in 52 injuries. During the longer 2012-13 New Year’s holiday period, troopers worked 585 wrecks that resulted in 266 injuries and at least 321 DUI arrests.

For the 2013 Christmas driving period that went from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve until midnight Christmas Day, no fatalities were reported in the state. During that 30-hour period, state troopers worked 90 crashes that resulted in 51 injuries.

During the 2012 Christmas driving period, which also was 102 hours and included the weekend before Christmas Day, which fell on a Tuesday, there were 26 fatalities on Georgia roads and highways.