State Patrol reminds drivers to be safe St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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ATLANTA — St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, and the Georgia State Patrol is reminding partygoers to put safety first. State troopers will be on patrols keeping an eye out for impaired drivers and any other traffic violations that could potentially cause a crash.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays where troopers see a spike in impaired driving,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against Georgia law and compromises the safety of everyone on the road, so if you drive impaired you will be arrested,” he added.

Last year, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16-18, 2018), Georgia State Troopers investigated 304 crashes that resulted in 178 injuries and six fatalities. In addition, troopers arrested 196 people for driving under the influence and issued a total of 2,554 citations and 3,195 warnings.

The best way to prevent alcohol-related traffic deaths during this holiday is careful planning. “Partygoers should have a plan for getting home safely if they choose to drink alcohol,” said Colonel McDonough. “Designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to get home by taxi or rideshare service,” he added.

If you are the designated driver, make sure you keep an eye out for pedestrians. Also, drive carefully and defensively. You may be sober, but that may not be true for the other drivers or pedestrians on the roads. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, do not hesitate to notify local law enforcement. You could save someone’s life.

In addition to planning a safe ride home, party goers should stay hydrated and not leave their drinks unattended. Party hosts should serve lots of food, have non-alcoholic beverage choices, keep a watchful eye on their guests, and have the phone number of local cab companies on hand should someone need them. But most importantly, if you see someone who is about to drive impaired, try to help them make other arrangements to get home safe.

 

 

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Wreck with Entrapment at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Fire units responded at 2:36 p.m. to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Dawson County Engine 2 arrived on scene and observed one dump truck over turned onto a passenger vehicle. Additional Engines, Med units, Forsyth County Heavy
Rescue and Air Life were there to assist in the extrication and treatment of the trapped
occupants.

Fire/Rescue personnel on scene, had to perform an extensive extrication to free the patient
from the passenger vehicle. Various extrication equipment and Wrecker services were used
to stabilize the vehicles. Once the vehicles were stabilized personnel were able to use “Jaws
of Life” to free entrapped occupant.

Two patients were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ground. Both
patients appear to be in stable condition. Georgia State Patrol is investigating the cause of
the accident.

 

(Photos provided by Dawson County Fire/EMS)

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No injuries reported as tractor trailer overturns on Hwy. 53

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson reported that a tractor trailer overturned at 11:05 a.m. today on SR 53 just east of GA 400. There were no injuries and the investigation is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. No further details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

 

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State Patrol identifies adults injured in Thursday crash on SR 136

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia State Patrol has identified the adults injured in Thursday’s single-vehicle wreck on SR 136 just west of Eagle Creek Farm Road that sent two adults and three children to the hospital.

SFP Curtis Bradshaw of Post 37 in Cumming said in an email that a 2005 Buick LaCrosse, driven by 38-year-old Michael Don Land of Dawsonville, was traveling west on SR 136 when it veered off the road to the left.  The LaCrosse traveled down a steep embankment and struck some small trees at the bottom of the hill.

Land and an adult passenger, 30-year-old Crystal Gooch of Dawsonville, were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for treatment of their injuries.  The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The adult passenger suffered serious injuries.

There were three children, ages 4, 5, and 6, in the vehicle as well.  All three children were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Two of the children were transported by helicopter from the scene to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  The third was initially transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and then later transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Two of the children suffered serious injuries.  The third child suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

 

 

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Friday wreck on Hwy. 9 injures Dawsonville woman

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A 71-year-old Dawsonville was injured and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a single-vehicle crash on Ga. Hwy. 9 Friday (Jan. 4).

Sgt. Casey Coffee, assistant commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 37 in Cumming, reported that a GMC Terrain driven by Marye Elizabeth Chastain was traveling north on Hwy. 9 near Apple Ridge One when she failed to maintain her lane, traveled off the roadway to the right then struck a ditch.

The vehicle rotated counter clockwise approximately 180 degrees then overturned onto the driver’s side facing southbound.

Chastain was transported to the hospital by Dawson County Emergency Services.

 

 

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UPDATE: Two killed in crash on Ga. Hwy. 400 Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Ga. Hwy. 400 near Henry Grady Highway in Dawson County Monday.

According to the Georgia State Patrol incident report, at approximately 1:32 p.m. a 2003 Lincoln Town Car was traveling south on Ga. Hwy. 400 in the left lane.  A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling north on Ga. Hwy. 400 in the right lane.  The Lincoln Town Car left the roadway, crossed the median, traveled into the northbound lanes, and collided head on with the Chevrolet Silverado.

The Lincoln Town Car was driven by 56-year-old Tony Ray Chastain from Dawsonville.  The Chevrolet Silverado was driven by 63-year-old Colquitt Juanez Thompson from Dahlonega.

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no other passengers in either vehicle. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Distracted driving does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in this crash.

It was raining at the time of the crash and the roadways were wet, however neither appeared to be a factor in this crash.

The northbound lanes were closed for the investigation and cleanup until approximately 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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Two killed in crash on Ga. 400 North today

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson confirmed today that two people were killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Ga. 400 North near Henry Grady Highway.

The northbound side of Ga. 400 is closed.  Thompson said the roadway will be closed for an extended period of time. Drivers are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.

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Sugar Hill woman dies in crash on Ga. 400

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A Sugar Hill woman was killed and a Gainesville man injured in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Ga. 400 South and Dawsonville Highway today.

Sgt. Casey Coffee, Assistant Commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 37 in Cumming, reports that Sherri Deal, 55, was traveling north on GA 400 in the right lane of the left turns lanes that continue to GA 53 west when she failed to obey the traffic signal and ran a red light.

Her Toyota Prius was struck on the passenger side by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Benny Smith of Gainesville.

Deal was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NEGMC) in Gainesville where she died of her injuries. Smith was also taken to NEGMC. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

 

 

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