Four killed on Ga. roads during Christmas holiday

ATLANTA – Four people were killed on roads statewide during the Christmas holiday, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

Fatal wrecks were reported in Atlanta, near Washington and in Cobb County during the 78-hour-long Christmas holiday period, which for the state patrol ran from 6 p.m. on Friday through midnight on Monday.

Troopers statewide worked a total of 280 crashes with 169 injuries and one death, according to the state patrol’s tally. Numbers for police agencies statewide were not immediately available.

During the 2010 Christmas holiday, authorities statewide worked 641 wrecks with 387 injuries and three deaths.

The state patrol will count fatalities during the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Seven people were killed on roads throughout the Peach State during last year’s holiday.

“Before leaving on the trip, make sure everyone is properly restrained, take frequent rest stops along the way, and don’t speed,” Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in a news release leading up to the Christmas holiday.

“This is a festive time of the year and we want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but we also want everyone to be safe on our highways,” McDonough added.

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