May 25, 2020

18 killed on Georgia highways during New Year’s travel period

(Atlanta, GA) — Traffic crashes across Georgia during the New Year’s holiday travel period resulted in 18 traffic deaths.

This year, the holiday travel period was 102-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 28, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 1.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 550 traffic crashes that resulted in 223 injuries and seven fatalities.

In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 368 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 6,971 citations and 11,339 warnings were issued.

Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Dougherty Co. PD; Loganville PD; Atlanta PD; Rockdale Co. S/O, Chatham Co. PD; Gwinnett Co. PD; Newton Co. S/O; and DeKalb Co. PD.

During the 2017 New Year’s holiday travel period, which was 78-hours long, GSP worked 370 wrecks that resulted in 205 injuries and five fatalities. In addition, troopers issued 6,542 citations, 10,680 warnings, and arrested 234 people for driving under the influence.

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