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Georgia Department of Public Safety: 18 Traffic Fatalities During July Fourth Travel Period | News | Savannah news, events, restaurants, music

Traffic accidents across Georgia during the Independence Day holiday season resulted in 18 traffic fatalities in 2024, according to a July 9 press release from the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). The statistics were compiled over 102 hours (Wednesday, July 3, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, July 7, 11:59 p.m.) marked by DPS as the official Fourth of July holiday period. There were no traffic fatalities in the Savannah-Chatham County area, according to DPS.

“Statewide, Georgia State Patrol Troopers Investigated 12 Fatal Accidents,” the press release says. “Local agencies reporting traffic fatalities during the holiday season include the Albany Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County Police Department.”

“Troopers investigated over 500 traffic accidents resulting in more than 500 injuries. Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) officers made over 33,000 traffic stops and issued more than 19,400 summonses, over 23,000 warnings and made 500 DUI arrests. The crash statistics are preliminary findings and subject to change at any time after the holiday season.”

Last year’s travel period was also 102 hours long. That resulted in nine fatal traffic crashes across the state, according to DPS data. The 2023 numbers included 15,459 citations issued and 502 DUI arrests. Last year there were 713 traffic accidents. They caused 385 injuries and nine deaths.

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