GSP preparing for busy Thanksgiving Holiday weekend

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ATLANTA –The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

“Reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer is our job,” said Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “To make this happen, Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state during this holiday period.”

According to AAA, this year we will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. They are predicting most travelers – 49.3 million, a 2.8% increase from last year – will be traveling by automobile.

“Motorists should travel with patience and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations,” said McDonough. “In order to make traveling safer, drivers should be mindful and obey the posted speed limit, have every occupant in their vehicle properly retrained, and never drive distracted or impaired.”

During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 610 crashes, resulting in 242 injuries. Statewide, there were 15 fatal crashes, resulting in 15 deaths.  GSP investigated 10 of those crashes.  In addition to crash investigations, Troopers arrested 339 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 11,523 citations (500 for distracted driving) and 17,046 warnings.

During the holiday period, an updated traffic fatality count will be published on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.

 

 

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No injuries reported in wreck at Dawson County High

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Today (Sept. 18) at approximately 7:30 a.m., troopers from the Cumming Post of the Georgia State Patrol were called to investigate a crash on Perimeter Road in front of Dawson County High School.

A white GMC Yukon, driven by 32-year-old Gloria Marie Cruz of Dawsonville, was attempting to turn left from the Dawson County High School driveway onto Perimeter Road.  Cruz failed to yield to a black Dodge Ram 1500 truck, driven by 17-year-old Aaron David Muilenburg from Dawsonville, who was traveling north on Perimeter Road.

The front of the Yukon struck the right side of the Ram truck.  This impact caused the Ram truck to veer to the left into the central turn lane where it collided head on with a white Ford Expedition, driven by 45-year-old William Johnny Holtzclaw of Dawsonville.

In the Yukon, there were two passengers, a 6-month old female and a 5-year-old female.  Both children were properly restrained in the correct type of car seat. Everyone involved was properly restrained by seatbelts and no injuries were reported.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in this crash.

Cruz was cited for failure to yield after stopping at the stop sign.

According to one county commissioner, the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education agreed earlier this year to provide funding for someone from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office direct traffic at schools in the morning and afternoon. Witnesses said there was no one directing traffic at the time of the accident.

 

 

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One killed, four injured in single-vehicle wreck on Grant Ford

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – One person was killed and four others injured in a single-vehicle accident on Grant Ford Drive in Dawson County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, 21-year-old Zoe Starr Sowell was driving a green Mazda 6 east on Grant For and attempted to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed when she lost control and traveled off the south shoulder. The vehicle struck several trees then overturned.

Four passengers were riding in the rear seat of the vehicle and were not restrained.  Stephen Caldwell, 21 of Dawsonville, and Alyssa Boger, 20 of Lula, were ejected from the vehicle.  Caldwell was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by Air Life and Boger was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville by Air Life.

Boger succumbed to her injuries earlier this morning. Caldwell remains in critical condition.

The other two passengers, Robert Petty, 25 of Dawsonville, and Kaitlyn Head, 19 of Alto, were both transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ambulance.   Both suffered minor injuries.

Sowell, was wearing her seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries. She was not transported.

According to the report, alcohol was a contributing factor to this crash. Sowell was charged with the following:  Reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, DUI, serious injury by motor vehicle (felony), vehicular homicide first degree (felony). She is currently in the Dawson County Detention center.

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Four-vehicle accident reported on Ga. Hwy 53 Tuesday morning

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A four-vehicle accident that involves an overturned truck carrying 10,000 pounds of dynamite on Ga. Hwy. 53 near Sundown Way has closed Hwy. 53 in both directions this morning (Sept. 10). The accident occurred east of Ga. 400.

Georgia State Patrol, Dawson County Emergency Services the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Units from HAZMAT are also on the scene to clean up an oil spill.

Hwy. 53 is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Overlook and Dawson Forest Road,

Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

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State Patrol reports final Labor Day holiday traffic count

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ATLANTA – Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in nine traffic deaths, with eight being worked by State Troopers. This year, the holiday travel period was 78-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 2.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 523 traffic crashes that resulted in 288 injuries and eight fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 244 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 5,897 citations and 7,320 warnings were issued.

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office reported one traffic death during the holiday period.

There were no fatalities in Dawson County.

 

 

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GSP urges driver safety during Labor Day Weekend

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ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state this Labor Day weekend.

“Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be on patrol in full force for the upcoming 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period this weekend,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “They will focus their attention on speeders, unrestrained occupants, as well as distracted and impaired drivers,” he added. The patrols will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

Last year, troopers investigated 490 crashes, which resulted in 296 injuries. Eight of those were fatal crashes, killing eight people. In addition to crash investigations, troopers and motor carrier officers wrote 9,008 citations; 12,180 warnings; and arrested 332 motorists for driving under the influence.

“Motorists should expect heavier traffic this weekend, as most people use the extended weekend to take their final family trips before the summer ends,” said Colonel McDonough.
Here are some travel tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend:

Obey the posted speed limit. When you exceed the speed limit, you reduce the amount of available time needed to avoid a traffic crash.

Do not drive impaired. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, rideshare service, friend, or family member to help you get home safely.

Buckle Up. Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt and that children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seats. Georgia law requires children under the age of eight to be in either a car seat or booster seat suitable for their age, weight, and height.

Pay attention to the road. Limit your distractions, and never use electronic devices to text or surf the web while driving. The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

Do not leave children and pets in hot cars. Regularly check the back seat and back floor area for children and animals, each time you exit your vehicle.

Stay alert of your surroundings and show common courtesy to other motorists and pedestrians on the roads.

Throughout the holiday period, the traffic fatality count is available on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga.dps.

 

 

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Final Fourth of July 2019 Holiday traffic count

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GEORGIA STATE PATROL PRESS RELEASE

ATLANTA — Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 26 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 513 traffic crashes resulting in 307 injuries, and 17 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 422 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 12,554 citations and 16,846 warnings were issued.
In 2018, the Fourth of July travel period was 30 hours long.

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GSP urges motorists to put safety first during 4th of July holiday

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ATLANTA – The Georgia State Patrol and Motor Carrier Compliance Division encourage everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly.  This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long.  It will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. This year marks the one year anniversary of the Georgia Hands-Free Law which became effective July 1, 2018.

Last year, the holiday period was only 30 hours long.  During the holiday period, State troopers investigated 150 traffic crashes resulting in 90 injuries and two fatalities. Additionally, troopers issued 6,367 citations (957 seat belts and 150 child restraints), 8,465 warnings, and made 123 DUI arrests.

“With a record number of travelers hitting the roadways this holiday, we want everyone to pack a load of patience for traffic delays and to put safety first by following the posted speed limit, not driving while impaired, making sure all occupants are restrained, and keeping your hands off of your cell phones,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  “State troopers and officers will be on high visibility patrols during the 102-hour holiday period in an effort to keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities at a minimum,” he added.

This holiday period, the Georgia State Patrol is participating in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, a nationwide mobilization against impaired driving, as well as the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. Troopers will be working alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers to apprehend impaired drivers and crack down on aggressive speeders and distracted drivers.

“Crashes caused by impaired drivers can be prevented.  Drivers must take the initiative to plan ahead for their holiday activities by designating a sober driver and not driving impaired,” said Colonel McDonough.  “State Troopers and Officers will not hesitate to arrest an impaired or aggressive driver,” he added.

According to AAA, the worst day to travel on the roadways in Atlanta is Friday, July 5, and the worst time for travel is between 5 – 7 p.m.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga_dps.

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