2018-07-11 / Front Page

Five People Killed in July Fourth Holiday Travel Period Crashes

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in five traffic deaths. The 30-hour holiday period began Tues., Jul. 3, at 6 p.m. and ended Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 131 traffic crashes that resulted in 59 injuries. Troopers also investigated two fatal crashes. The fatal crashes occurred in Brooks and Brantley counties. Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were Chamblee PD, Cobb Co. PD, and Fulton Co. PD.

In addition to crash investigations, state troopers arrested 118 people for driving under the influence.

Troopers also said that in the one week since Georgia has become a hands-free driving state, they had issued 180 hands-free tickets statewide between Sunday, July 1, and Friday night, July 6. “That shows many people across the state are adjusting to the hands-free law,” said troopers. “That’s partly because citizens have the right equipment to be in compliance.”

Georgia State troopers said a lot of their activities comes from secondary infractions. For example, you stop somebody for speeding and once you get them pulled over, you notice they have a cell phone in their lap.

Troopers also said the campaigns made available to the public before July 1, had a huge effect on driver’s awareness.

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