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Six South Georgia Traffic Deaths during New Year’s Holiday Travel Period

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

VALDOSTA, Georgia – Traffic crashes across South Georgia during the New Year’s holiday travel period resulted in 6 traffic deaths involving three fatal crashes.  Across Georgia, there were 13 total traffic deaths involving 10 fatal crashes, including those in South Georgia.  This year, the holiday travel period was 78-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 31, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 1.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 474 traffic crashes that resulted in 181 injuries and 11 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 372 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 7,976 citations and 9,237 warnings were issued.

Local agencies reporting two fatal crashes resulting in two traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Bibb Co. Sheriff’s Office and DeKalb Co. Police Department.

South Georgia State Patrol offices include Troop G  (Americus), Troop H (Douglas) and Troop I (Waycross).

Troop G includes Post 10 (Marion, Schley, Sumter, Terrell, and Webster counties) located in Americus, Post 12 (Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Thomas counties) located in Thomasville, Post 14 (Decatur, Early, Miller, Seminole counties) in Colquitt, and Post 39 (Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart counties) in Cuthbert.  Troop H includes Post 13 (Berrien, Cook, Tift counties) located in Tifton, Post 15 (Houston, Macon, Peach, Pulaski counties) in Perry, and Post 30 (Crisp, Dooly, Turner, and Wilcox counties) headquartered in Cordele. Georgia State Patrol Troop I includes Post 11 (Liberty, Long, McIntosh counties) in Hinesville, Post 22 (Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware counties) in Waycross, and Post 23 (Camden Glynn, Wayne counties) in Brunswick.

Troop G GSP Americus 2
Troop H GSP Douglas 1
Troop I GSP Waycross 3

2021 New Year’s Holiday Traffic Count

6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 31 – 11:59 p.m. Sun., Jan. 1

78-Hour Holiday Period

Traffic Deaths
Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia
Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers 11 (8 fatal crashes)
Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies 2 (2 fatal crashes)
Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period 13


GSP Troops Agencies Reporting Fatalities Total Fatalities
Troop A GSP Cartersville, GSP Dalton 2
Troop B
Troop C GSP Marietta, DeKalb Co. PD 2
Troop D GSP Villa Rica (2), Bibb Co. SO 3
Troop E
Troop F
Troop G GSP Americus 2
Troop H GSP Douglas 1
Troop I GSP Waycross 3

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