The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that there were five traffic-related fatalities over the July 4th travel period this year. There were a total of 131 crashes reported in Georgia resulting in 59 injuries. Police across Georgia made 118 arrests for driving under the influence during this period. The fatal accidents were investigated by Cobb County Police Department, Fulton County Police Department, Chamblee Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol investigated fatal accidents in Brantley and Brooks counties.
This is a reduction from the same period in 2017, which saw a total of 17 traffic-related deaths, 620 accidents, and 294 DUI arrests. One reason for the reduction was caused by the fact that July 4 was midweek this year resulting in a 30 hour travel period whereas last year’s travel period was 102 hours.