Update press release from Georgia Dept. of Public Safety
Traffic crashes across Georgia during the New Year’s holiday travel period resulted in 9 traffic deaths. The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 29, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Jan 1.
Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 330 traffic crashes that resulted in 137 injuries, and 4 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 231 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 6,542 citations and 10,680 warnings were issued.
Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were Richmond Co. S/O, Fulton Co. PD, Marietta PD, and Dekalb Co. PD.
By noon on Dec. 31, Georgia State Patrol reported five fatalities on Georgia roads during the New Year’s 78-hour travel period that began at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. It ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Last year, eight people died over the same period. The Georgia Department of Public Safety is urging that party goes choose a sober driver if they plan to get on the roads.
A small roadside memorial has sprung up on the corner of of Church Street and South Madison Avenue in Monroe marking the spot where 12-year-old Sean Thomas died the day after Christmas. He is one of the 15 deaths recorded on Georgia Roads during the Christmas holiday travel period, which began at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 and ended at 11:15 pm. on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Sean died after being ejected from the car when his mother allegedly ran a red light and hit another vehicle. Jasmine Chandler, 34, of Monroe is charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device, open container and a seatbelt violation in connection with the wreck.
According to a press release from Georgia Department of Public Safety, statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 515 traffic crashes that resulted in 219 injuries, and 10 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 192 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 7,323 citations and 12,313 warnings were issued. In addition to the 10 fatalities investigated by GSP including the one in Monroe, five other fatalities were investigated by Gwinnett County Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Albany Police Department.
The holiday traffic fatality count will be updated throughout the Christmas and New Year’s travel periods on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.