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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State troopers set for busy Memorial Day weekend

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ATLANTA –The Georgia State Patrol is urging drivers who will be traveling throughout the state this weekend to make safety a priority. This year’s Memorial Day 78-hour holiday travel period will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

During the holiday period, state troopers will be on high-visibility patrols keeping an eye out for impaired drivers and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a crash. “We want to make holiday travel as safe as possible,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Observe the posted speed limit, don’t drive distracted, and plan a safe way home if consuming alcoholic beverages is in your plans,” he added.

Before you begin your trip, make sure your vehicle is “road ready”, by checking fluids, tires, brakes, etc. Also, make sure that everyone is wearing their seatbelt and that small children are properly restrained. “Remember to stay alert behind the wheel, ‘pack your patience’, and be courteous to other drivers at all times,” the commissioner said.

During the 2018 Memorial Day holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 510 traffic crashes that resulted in 320 injuries and three traffic fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, troopers arrested 323 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 8,639 citations, and 11,979 warnings.

During the Memorial Day travel period, the Georgia State Patrol will again be participating in the national mobilization of the ‘Click It, or Ticket’ program. State troopers will be working alongside sheriffs’ deputies and police officers to enforce Georgia’s seat belt laws and to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts while traveling in motor vehicles. This program is coordinated in Georgia by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The holiday traffic fatality count will be updated throughout the travel period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.

 

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Dahlonega man charged with vehicular homicide in fatal crash Monday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga — On March 26, 2019, at approximately 11:57 hours, Troopers from the Cumming Post of the Georgia State Patrol were called to investigate a fatal crash in Lumpkin County on SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) at Auraria Road.

A 2004 Dodge Durango, driven by 74 year old David Woodburn Davis from Dahlonega, was towing a 1980 homemade utility trailer and was turning left from SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) onto Auraria Road.  A 2018 JIAJUE JJ150T-26 motorcycle, driven by 68 year old Loyd Randall Ash from Dahlonega, was traveling east on SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) toward Dahlonega.

The Dodge Durango turned left in front of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the left side of the trailer being towed by the Dodge Durango.  Mr. Ash was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mr. Davis was arrested at the scene, was charged with failure to yield while turning left and homicide by vehicle (2nd degree), and was transported to the Lumpkin County Jail.  Mr. Davis was not injured in the crash.

Mr. Ash was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash and did possess a motorcycle permit to operate the motorcycle.

 

 

 

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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 partygoers 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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Two people injured in Monday morning crash on Burntstand Road

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A three-vehicle accident on Burntstand Road at 6:24 a.m. today (Feb. 18) sent two people to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with undisclosed injuries.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report, a 1996 GMC Sierra driven by Tiffany Raines, 18, of Dahlonega, was traveling west on Burntstand Road when it crossed the centerline and struck the passenger side of 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by 61-year-old James Dowdy, also of Dahlonega.

Following impact, the Sierra rotated counterclockwise and traveled off the north shoulder of the roadway coming to a final rest facing west and catching fire.

The pickup truck rotated counterclockwise and traveled down an embankment off the south shoulder of Burntstand Road, coming to rest facing north.

The third vehicle, a 2014 Honda Odyssey driven by 30-year-old Autumn Hart of Dahlonega was traveling behind the pickup truck and its front and windshield area were struck by debris from the wreck.

Raines as charged with failure to maintain lane.

 

 

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Dahlonega man charged with DUI in wreck that injured motorcyclist

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –– Benjamin Jacob Bruner, 20, of Athens was seriously injured Tuesday when the Suzuki motorcycle he was riding struck the rear end of a Dodge Dakota that was backing out of a private driveway on Ben Higgins Road.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, witnesses said the Dodge Dakota, driven by 63-year-old James Phillip Holbrook backed directly into Bruner’s path and was struck in the right rear.

Holbrook, was not injured but was charged with DUI, failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway, improper backing, driving under the influence and serious injury by vehicle.

Bruner, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville by Lumpkin County EMS for suspected serious injuries sustained in the crash.

Holbrook was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Bruner was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash.

 

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Motorcyclist injured, Helen man charged with failure to yield right of way in Sunday crash on Hwy. 365

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A motorcyclist was injured when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Adrian Surowiecki of Helen Sunday.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report, Surowiecki, 36, was attempting to make a left turn onto Jaemor Farm Road from Ga. 365 southbound when he struck the northbound motorcycle driven by Audrey Courson, 43, of Lawrenceville.

The motorcycle overturned on impact and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Surowiecki and the three passengers in his truck were uninjured. He was charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Courson was wearing a helmet, according to Hedden and the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

The incident closed the northbound lane for more than an hour.

 

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