Georgia State Patrol releases final count of traffic fatalities over the Thanksgiving weekend.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, November 28, 2011
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, 15 people died in traffic accidents, according to the Georgia State Patrol website. Last year, the overall fatalities was 13 for the same travel period from Wednesday at 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday. One traffic fatality was reported in Gwinnett. Other areas reporting fatal crashes include Cartersville, Blue Ridge, Toccoa, Columbus, Forsyth, Villa Rica, Richmond and Sylvania. Despite the increased fatalities, the number of crashes and injuries were actually down from the previous year, according to the data. In 2010, the State Patrol reported 437 crashes and 397 injuries. This year, those numbers are 434 and 247 respectively.
Troopers will be watching for impaired drivers, speeders and other violators.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Georgia State Patrol has one primary goal this 4th of July weekend -- to keep the accident count as low as possible. Last year, over 1,800 accidents occurred over the Independence Day holiday weekend. Those accidents resulted in 834 injuries and 11 fatalities. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers will be watching for drivers under the influence, speeders and motorists not using seat belts. “Our Troopers and MCCD Officers will be concentrating on the most common violations identified as contributing factors in fatal traffic crashes," Hitchens said in a released statement. Operation Zero Tolerance is also continuing across Georgia this weekend. The focus of the program is to remove…