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Georgia State Patrol stops their holiday traffic predictions

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Georgia State Patrol will no longer issue traffic predictions for holiday periods.

For years the Crash Reporting Unit at the Georgia Department of Transportation would compile holiday statistics and announce an expected number of crashes,  injuries, and deaths.

They used numbers from past years, updated with current census numbers, traffic counts, and weather forecasts to come up with their predictions.

Troopers say many drivers paid close attention to the predictions.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Scott McClure said  "You got the die hard people who depended on it every holiday period. I think they watch it to see how accurate we are on it. It fascinated some people I think, to see how we come up with the numbers."

Last Labor Day weekend there were 15 traffic deaths in Georgia.  867 people were hurt in more than 1900 traffic crashes.

Troopers say they will be on the roads this weekend looking for speeders and impaired drivers.

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