Record Traffic Fatalities in Georgia - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/31/05

Record Traffic Fatalities in Georgia

This Memorial Day weekend has seen the highest number of traffic deaths for the holiday since Georgia began keeping traffic statistics. A spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol says speed alcohol and not wearing seatbelts contributed to the majority of at least 34 traffic deaths over the three-day holiday period in Georgia.

But there was better news for the people in the post area which includes Chatham, Effingham and Bryan Counties. No traffic deaths were reported here over the long weekend.

The Georgia State Patrol says there were more than 2,100 accidents around the state, resulting in 638 injuries. They had predicted 17 deaths for the holiday weekend. The 34 deaths recorded surpassed the record of 27 which was set in 1969, the year officials began keeping track of Memorial Day traffic fatalities.

The Memorial Day weekend ran from 6pm Friday until midnight Monday.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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