State Patrol reports final Labor Day holiday traffic count

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ATLANTA – Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in nine traffic deaths, with eight being worked by State Troopers. This year, the holiday travel period was 78-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 2.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 523 traffic crashes that resulted in 288 injuries and eight fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 244 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 5,897 citations and 7,320 warnings were issued.

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office reported one traffic death during the holiday period.

There were no fatalities reported in White County.

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol urges safe driving during Labor Day weekend

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ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state this Labor Day weekend.

“Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be on patrol in full force for the upcoming 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period this weekend,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “They will focus their attention on speeders, unrestrained occupants, as well as distracted and impaired drivers,” he added. The patrols will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

Last year, troopers investigated 490 crashes, which resulted in 296 injuries. Eight of those were fatal crashes, killing eight people. In addition to crash investigations, troopers and motor carrier officers wrote 9,008 citations; 12,180 warnings; and arrested 332 motorists for driving under the influence.

“Motorists should expect heavier traffic this weekend, as most people use the extended weekend to take their final family trips before the summer ends,” said Colonel McDonough.
Here are some travel tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend:

Obey the posted speed limit. When you exceed the speed limit, you reduce the amount of available time needed to avoid a traffic crash.

Do not drive impaired. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, rideshare service, friend, or family member to help you get home safely.

Buckle Up. Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt and that children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seats. Georgia law requires children under the age of eight to be in either a car seat or booster seat suitable for their age, weight, and height.

Pay attention to the road. Limit your distractions, and never use electronic devices to text or surf the web while driving. The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

Do not leave children and pets in hot cars. Regularly check the back seat and back floor area for children and animals, each time you exit your vehicle.

Stay alert of your surroundings and show common courtesy to other motorists and pedestrians on the roads.

Throughout the holiday period, the traffic fatality count is available on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga.dps.

 

 

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Florida woman killed in crash on Ga. 115 Saturday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A Florida woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving was struck by a tractor trailer on Ga. 115 east of Doc Dorsey Road near Cleveland.

According to SFC A.J. Allen of the Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville, Catherine Grant-Coons, 65, of Tavares, Fla. was traveling eastbound on Ga. 115 when a westbound tractor-trailer jackknifed into the eastbound lane, striking the Grant-Coons vehicle. She died at the scene.

The 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer was driven by 46 year-old James Martin of Cleveland. Allen said Martin’s truck was approaching stopped traffic when he aggressively tried to brake, causing the trailer to rotate counterclockwise.

Martin was uninjured in the crash and charges are pending at this time.

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Final Fourth of July Holiday traffic toll

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GEORGIA STATE PATROL PRESS RELEASE

ATLANTA — Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 26 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 513 traffic crashes resulting in 307 injuries, and 17 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 422 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 12,554 citations and 16,846 warnings were issued.
In 2018, the Fourth of July travel period was 30 hours long.

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GSP urges motorists to put safety first during 4th of July holiday

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ATLANTA – The Georgia State Patrol and Motor Carrier Compliance Division encourage everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly.  This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long.  It will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. This year marks the one year anniversary of the Georgia Hands-Free Law which became effective July 1, 2018.

Last year, the holiday period was only 30 hours long.  During the holiday period, State troopers investigated 150 traffic crashes resulting in 90 injuries and two fatalities. Additionally, troopers issued 6,367 citations (957 seat belts and 150 child restraints), 8,465 warnings, and made 123 DUI arrests.

“With a record number of travelers hitting the roadways this holiday, we want everyone to pack a load of patience for traffic delays and to put safety first by following the posted speed limit, not driving while impaired, making sure all occupants are restrained, and keeping your hands off of your cell phones,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  “State troopers and officers will be on high visibility patrols during the 102-hour holiday period in an effort to keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities at a minimum,” he added.

This holiday period, the Georgia State Patrol is participating in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, a nationwide mobilization against impaired driving, as well as the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. Troopers will be working alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers to apprehend impaired drivers and crack down on aggressive speeders and distracted drivers.

“Crashes caused by impaired drivers can be prevented.  Drivers must take the initiative to plan ahead for their holiday activities by designating a sober driver and not driving impaired,” said Colonel McDonough.  “State Troopers and Officers will not hesitate to arrest an impaired or aggressive driver,” he added.

According to AAA, the worst day to travel on the roadways in Atlanta is Friday, July 5, and the worst time for travel is between 5 – 7 p.m.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga_dps.

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Sautee man in critical condition following Friday wreck

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SAUTEE, Ga. — A Sautee man is in critical condition today at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following a two-car accident on Ga. 17 west of Wright Road in White County Friday morning.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report, Forest Bradley, 24, was traveling east on Ga. 17 in a 1986 Lincoln Towncar when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the centerline and was struck by an oncoming vehicle on the driver’s side.

Bradley was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical center. A passenger in his car, 25-year-old Savannah Roper of Murrayville, was suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transpored by White County EMS to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Sherry Fry, the driver of the second vehicle, a 2003 Rav4, suffered only minor injuries. She was treated at the scene and did not require transport to the hospital.
No charges have been filed at this time.

 

 

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Three people seriously injured in weekend crash on Post Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –Three people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Post Road Friday evening.

According to the Georgia State Patrol report, the wreck occurred shortly after 7 p.m. when a 1997 Ford F-250 driven by 22-year-old Austin Scott Jarrard was traveling east on Post Road when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. Jarrard’s vehicle then spun into the oncoming lane, where it hit a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse being driven by 31-year-old Andrea Marie Bacino. Bacino and a passenger in her vehicle, 49-year-old Teresa Ann Stowers, were seriously hurt.

Jarrard was also seriously injured when his vehicle overturned. He has been charged with failure to maintain lane. All three people were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Post Road was shut down for over two hours following the accident.

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers to be safe St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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ATLANTA — St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, and the Georgia State Patrol is reminding party goers to put safety first. State troopers will be on patrols keeping an eye out for impaired drivers and any other traffic violations that could potentially cause a crash.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays where troopers see a spike in impaired driving,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against Georgia law and compromises the safety of everyone on the road, so if you drive impaired you will be arrested,” he added.

Last year, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16-18, 2018), Georgia State Troopers investigated 304 crashes that resulted in 178 injuries and six fatalities. In addition, troopers arrested 196 people for driving under the influence and issued a total of 2,554 citations and 3,195 warnings.

The best way to prevent alcohol-related traffic deaths during this holiday is careful planning. “Partygoers should have a plan for getting home safely if they choose to drink alcohol,” said Colonel McDonough. “Designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to get home by taxi or rideshare service,” he added.

If you are the designated driver, make sure you keep an eye out for pedestrians. Also, drive carefully and defensively. You may be sober, but that may not be true for the other drivers or pedestrians on the roads. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, do not hesitate to notify local law enforcement. You could save someone’s life.

In addition to planning a safe ride home, partygoers should stay hydrated and not leave their drinks unattended. Party hosts should serve lots of food, have non-alcoholic beverage choices, keep a watchful eye on their guests, and have the phone number of local cab companies on hand should someone need them. But most importantly, if you see someone who is about to drive impaired, try to help them make other arrangements to get home safe.

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