The 78-hour Christmas holiday travel period was safer than the Georgia State Patrol expected with 12 fatalities, 503 injuries and 2,167 accidents.
The state patrol predicted 18 people would die and 976 would be injured in 2,226 accidents from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve until midnight Sunday.
Two of the fatalities occurred in Middle Georgia. A Savannah woman and her daughter died on Interstate 16 in Laurens County at about 6:30 p.m. Christmas night. Ligia Balach, 45 and Nicole Balach, 11, were killed when a vehicle merged into their car and caused them to leave the road and hit a tree. Balach's 13-year-old son was seriously hurt in the crash.
Last year 24 people died on Georgia roads during the 102-hour Christmas holiday weekend travel period.