Georgia Dept. of Public Safety Publishes New Year’s Accident Data
The Georgia Department of Public Safety has published preliminary data regarding the number of vehicle accidents that occurred during the New Year’s holiday. Each year, New Year’s celebrations tend to bring high numbers of traffic crashes and fatal accidents around the country and in the state of Georgia.
Law enforcement officers in Georgia were on high patrol during the travel period surrounding New Year’s Day 2019. The official holiday traveling period for New Year’s ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, to one minute before midnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Officers in the state were looking for drivers who had been drinking, drivers acting recklessly, distracted drivers, and people violating other Georgia traffic laws.
The Department of Public Safety has now reported that 18 traffic-related fatalities occurred during the New Year’s travel period. The Department did not provide specific information about each of these crashes.
Georgia State Patrol Troopers across the state responded to 550 vehicle accidents, from which 223 people were injured, and seven people lost their lives. Troopers also arrested almost 370 people for driving under the influence. Throughout the travel period, Georgia State Patrol issued nearly 7,000 citations to drivers and more than 11,000 warnings.
As the holiday season closes, drivers should continue to use caution on the roads, pay attention to their surroundings, and plan for sober rides. With numerous ride-sharing services and taxi companies available at one’s fingertips, a safe ride is easy to arrange.
In the event you become involved in an injury-causing accident, you should always contact police and follow up with an experienced Georgia personal injury law firm to understand your options for potential compensation.
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