July 4th weekend holiday travel fatality final count is 18, double the final count of 2024

press release from the georgia department of public safety


At the end of the 102-hour Independence Day holiday travel period, Georgia State Patrol report that there were 18 fatalities reported over the period. That is exactly double the nine reported in 2023.


By 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, with six hours left in the holiday week, there were 17 traffic fatalities reported on Georgia Roads. This is almost double the nine fatalities reported over the July 4th holiday travel weekend in 2023.


By 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, Georgia State Patrol reports that there had already been 10 fatalities on Georgia roads during this year’s July 4th holiday weekend travel. There were nine reported over the full 102-hour period last year. The fatalities reported were one in Hartwell, one in Madison, one in Forest Park, one in Newnan, one in Henry County, one in LaFayette, one in Columbia County, one in Valdosta, one in Albany and one in Athens. The travel period for the 2024 Independence Day travel period ends and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.


Georgia State Patrol reports at midnight on July 4th, three fatalities were reported on Georgia roads during the 102-hour holiday weekend travel, a second one in Madison and the third on in Forest Park. Troopers continue to urge caution on roads during the balance of the holiday weekend.


Georgia State Patrol report one fatality on Georgia roads six hours into the 102-hour 2024 July 4th travel weekend.

Initial story

(ATLANTA, GA) – The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) urge everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly. This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long and begins Wednesday, July 3, at 6 p.m., and ends Sunday, July 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Last year’s holiday period was 102 hours long. Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers issued 15,459 citations, 15,650 warnings, and made 502 DUI arrests. Troopers also investigated 713 traffic crashes resulting in 385 injuries and nine fatalities, with local law enforcement agencies investigating nine fatalities.

This year also marks the sixth anniversary of the Georgia Hands-Free Law, which became effective July 1, 2018. Since the law’s inception, troopers and officers have issued more than 84,000 Hands-Free citations.

“State Troopers and Officers will be out in full force patrolling the interstates, state routes, and local streets around Georgia during what AAA projects to be the busiest Independence Day holiday period on record,” said Colonel William W. Hitchens III, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  “The Independence Day holiday is a time for celebration, and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind the motoring public to obey all traffic laws. As you travel through and around Georgia, observe the posted speed limit, do not drive distracted, always wear your seatbelt, ensure that all children in the vehicle are properly restrained, and never drink and drive.  When traveling, remember to leave early enough to ensure you have plenty of time to reach your destination, and always be a patient and courteous driver.  Holiday celebrations should be safe and fun, but one wrong decision can have life-altering consequences.  Please be responsible; your safety and the safety of others depend on it.”

AAA projects 70.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day weekend. This year’s projection surpasses the previous Fourth of July weekend record set in 2019 of 49 million travelers and is an additional 2.8 million travelers compared to last year.

During this holiday period, State troopers and officers will be on high-visibility patrols with the goal of keeping the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to a minimum. 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.

Georgia’s holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter account https://twitter.com/ga_dps, and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gadepartmentofpublicsafety

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