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Thanksgiving holiday travel results in 15 traffic-related deaths

Over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday, there were 15 traffic fatalities reported statewide, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

That number is down from 2012, when there were 21 traffic-related deaths over the Thanksgiving travel period.

This year, the Georgia State Patrol handled 556 crashes, which resulted in 244 injuries and 10 deaths.

In 2012, the agency investigated 682 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 380 injuries and 11 fatalities. Statewide, law enforcement officers investigated a total 3,590 crashes that resulted in 1,161 injuries and 21 fatalities.

Traffic-related deaths this year were reported by Georgia State Patrol posts in Rome, Gainesville, LaGrange, Villa Rica, Statesboro, Swainsboro, Helena, Perry, Tifton and Rincon.

Other agencies reporting traffic-related deaths included the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, DeKalb County Police, Macon Police and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969 and the lowest was four in 1949.