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Holiday wrecks claim 20 lives in Georgia
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The July 4th holiday travel period ended Sunday night with 20 traffic deaths reported across Georgia from 17 fatal crashes.  

There were 2,490 crashes overall that resulted in 682 injuries. The 78-hour holiday period began Thursday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Sunday.

The July 4th holiday period final traffic count:

2,490 crashes

682 injuries

20 fatalities

17 fatal crashes

Fatal crashes were reported by Athens-Clarke County Police, Chamblee Police, DeKalb County Police (2), Dougherty County Police, Floyd County Police, Henry County Police, and the Georgia State Patrol posts in Calhoun, Conyers (2), Hinesville, LaGrange, Statesboro, Thomaston, Toccoa, Valdosta and Villa Rica.

For the holiday weekend period, it was estimated there would be 1,874 crashes, 895 injuries and 22 fatalities on the roads across Georgia. For the 2008 holiday weekend, there were 1,860 crashes, 910 injuries and 22 deaths.

The holiday traffic count is a joint safety initiative of the Georgia State Patrol and the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation.