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GSP: Local traffic accidents on the rise

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  • Jul. 02, 2020 - 2:07 PM

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GSP: Local traffic accidents on the rise

The Newnan Times-Herald

Authorities with the Georgia State Patrol reported the number of car crashes has more than doubled in the month of June.

Georgia State Patrol Troopers from Post 24 in Newnan investigated 46 traffic crashes in June. Troopers investigated just 21 crashes during the month of May.

June’s traffic crashes resulted in 12 injuries and 2 fatalities, according to Sergeant First Class Mike Searcy.

Troopers made 498 traffic stops and issued 368 traffic citations in June. This total included 3 arrests for driving under the influence, 256 citations for speeding, 12 seatbelt violations and 16 child restraint violations.

Troopers issued 73 additional warnings for various driving infractions.

Searcy encouraged drivers to pay attention to their surroundings as they drive and not be distracted by things inside the vehicle, especially mobile devices, as 22 percent of all crashes and 16 percent of all fatal crashes were caused by some form of distraction occurring within three seconds of the crash.