21 killed in traffic crashes in Georgia over the July 4th weekend

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According to the Georgia State Patrol, 21 people died in traffic crashes across Georgia during the Fourth of July weekend.

Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated 11 fatal traffic crashes and local law enforcement agencies investigated 10 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 21 deaths across Georgia during the 78-hour Independence Day holiday travel period.

The holiday period began Friday, July 1, at 6 p.m., and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4.

These crash statistics are preliminary findings and can change any time after the holiday travel period.

In addition to fatal crashes, GSP troopers investigated more than 390 traffic crashes statewide resulting in over 200 injuries. Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Division officers arrested more than 370 individuals for driving under the influence, while over 9,000 citations and 8,400 warnings were issued.

Last year, troopers and motor carrier officers issued 8,647 citations, 8,451 warnings, and made 321 DUI arrests.  State troopers also investigated 295 traffic crashes resulting in 171 injuries, and nine fatalities.

“Impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in the majority of fatal crashes troopers investigate during holiday travel periods,” said Colonel Chris Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. “We cannot stress enough the importance for drivers to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drive the posted speed limit, wear a seat belt, and don’t drive distracted.

Local law enforcement agencies reporting fatalities include the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (2), Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Police Department, Columbus Police Department, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fitzgerald Police Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

2022 Independence Day Holiday Traffic Count
Friday, July 1, at 6 p.m. – Monday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m.
78-Hour Holiday Period

 Deaths
Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia 
Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers11 (11 crashes investigated)
Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies10 (10 crashes investigated)
  
Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period21 (21 crashes investigated)
GSP TroopsAgencies Reporting FatalitiesTotal
Fatalities
Troop AGSP Cartersville: Bartow County SO; Cherokee County SO; Whitfield County SO4
Troop BGSP Athens1
Troop CGSP Forest Park; Cobb County PD; Sandy Springs SD3
Troop DGSP Villa Rica; Bibb County SO (2); Columbus PD4
Troop EGSP Washington1
Troop FGSP Statesboro; Effingham County SO; Fitzgerald PD3
Troop GGSP Thomasville (2)2
Troop HGSP Douglas; GSP Perry; GSP Tifton;3
Troop I 0
TOTAL 21

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