Update: 18 fatalities were reported to or worked by GSP at the end of the Independence Day holiday weekend travel period

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Update: At midnight on July 4th, the end of the Independence Day holiday weekend travel period, the Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been 18 deaths on Georgia Roads. There were no more fatalities reported by Georgia State Patrol in the last six hours of the 2023 July 4th weekend travel period and none of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties. Sometimes, the final total does rise slightly as an outside agencies on occasion reports a fatality that happened in their jurisdiction and had not yet forwarded the information to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Update: The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been 18 deaths on Georgia Roads by 6 p.m. on Independence Day with 6 hours left in the Independence Day holiday weekend travel period. None of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties. With 12 fatalities reported 66 hours in, this outpaced the 78-hour travel period last year in which a total of 11 people died on Georgia roads. This year’s travel period ends at midnight tonight, July 4th.

Update: The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been 16 deaths on Georgia Roads by 9 a.m. on Independence Day – 87 hours in to the 102-hour long Independence Day holiday weekend travel period and nine hours into July 4th, 2023. None of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties. With 12 fatalities reported 66 hours in, this outpaced the 78-hour travel period last year in which a total of 11 people died on Georgia roads. There are still 15 hours remaining in this year’s travel period at this time. It ends at midnight tonight, July 4th.

Update: The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been 12 deaths on Georgia Roads by 12 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2023 – 66 hours in to the 102-hour long Independence Day holiday weekend travel period. None of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties. This has already outpaced the 78-hour travel period last year in which a total of 11 people died on Georgia roads. There are still 36 hours remaining in this year’s travel period at this time.

Update: The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been five deaths on Georgia Roads by 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2023 – 42 hours in to the 102-hour long Independence Day holiday weekend travel period. None of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties.

Update: The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there had been five deaths on Georgia Roads by 12 a.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2023 – 30 hours in to the 102-hour long Independence Day holiday weekend travel period. None of the fatal crashes happened in Walton or Gwinnett counties.

(ATLANTA, GA) – The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) urges everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly. This year, the holiday travel period is 102-hours long and begins Friday, June 30, at 6 p.m., and ends Tuesday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m.
 
Last year’s holiday period was 78 hours long. Troopers and motor carrier officers issued more than 9,000 citations, over 8,400 warnings, and made 370 DUI arrests. Troopers also investigated nearly 400 traffic crashes resulting in more than 200 injuries and 11 fatalities, with local law enforcement agencies investigating ten fatalities. 
 
This year also marks the fifth 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.
 
“This Fourth of July weekend is expected to set a record for the number of people traveling by vehicle to spend time with family and friends celebrating the holiday,” said Colonel Christopher C. Wright, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Holiday celebrations should be safe and fun. To stay safe this weekend, motorists should practice safe driving habits and follow posted speed limits, use appropriate safety restraints, pay attention to road conditions, choose a designated driver or rideshare if you plan to drink, and put the phone down while driving. Pack your patience and avoid potential road rage incidents by being patient and courteous to other drivers.”
 
AAA projects 50.7 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.
 
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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