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GSP reports rise in fatal car crashes for December


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Jan. 14, 2022 - 4:23 PM

GSP reports rise in fatal car crashes for December

The Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia State Patrol Troopers from Post 24 in Newnan investigated 264 traffic crashes during the month of December, down 33 incidents from the previous month.

Troopers also reported a total of 69 injuries and six fatalities, down 35 and up 4, respectively.

Post 24 troopers also made 923 traffic stops and issued 675 traffic citations during the month of December, according to Sergeant First Class Mike Searcy.

This total included 14 arrests for driving under the influence, 383 citations for speeding, 37 seatbelt violations and 10 child restraint violations. Troopers also issued 61 citations and 70 warnings for distracted driving.

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.

“All Post 24 troopers are working to keep you and your family safe as you travel on Georgia roadways,” Searcy said. "Troopers have devoted themselves to serving the public in this capacity and appreciate your support by obeying traffic laws, remaining free of distractions while driving and always being alert. Together, we can keep our roads safe.”