ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Christmas holiday weekend was safer than expected on Georgia roads.
12 people were killed during the 78 hour period. The State Patrol predicted 16 would die.
In 2008, 25 people died during the Christmas Holiday weekend. Dougherty County Police officers say they believe people paid attention to warnings against speeding and drinking and driving, and that saved lives.
Dougherty County Police Lt. Cliff Rouse said "I think people are just being a lot more careful. We were out and we saw a lot of traffic over the Holidays. But people were slowing down. People were being more careful, and basically obeying the speed limit."
The State Patrol predicts that 16 people will be killed in wrecks over the 78 hour New Year's holiday period, which begins at 6 PM Thursday.