Georgia Department of Public Safety: 18 fatalities in July 4th travel crashes | News | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music
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Georgia Department of Public Safety: 18 fatalities in July 4th travel crashes | News | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music

Georgia traffic crashes during the Independence Day holiday travel period resulted in 18 fatalities in 2024, according to a press release issued by the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) on July 9. The statistics were collected during a 102-hour period (Wednesday, July 3, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, July 7, 11:59 p.m.) designated by DPS as the official Fourth of July holiday travel period. There were no fatalities in Savannah-Chatham County, according to DPS.

“Georgia State Patrol Troopers investigated 12 fatal crashes statewide,” the news release reads. “Local agencies reporting fatal traffic crashes during the holiday season include the Albany Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County Police Department.”

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“Officers investigated more than 500 road accidents, in which more than 500 people were injured. Police and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) officers stopped more than 33,000 people and issued more than 19,400 tickets, more than 23,000 warnings and made 500 arrests for drink driving. The accident statistics are preliminary and may change at any time after the holiday travel period.”

The travel period last year was also 102 hours. There were nine fatal traffic crashes statewide, according to DPS data. The 2023 numbers included 15,459 tickets issued and 502 DUI arrests. There were 713 traffic crashes last year, resulting in 385 injuries and nine fatalities.