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19 traffic deaths statewide during holiday period so far

July 6, 2019–11:35 .m.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Public Safety officials are continuing the urge safety on the roadways as the Independence Day holiday travel period continues.

As of noon Saturday, there had been 19 fatalities on the state’s highways since the holiday weekend began Wednesday night with one in Northwest Georgia.

Seven of those deaths occurred in a multi-vehicle crash on I-85 in Franklin County on Saturday.

Fatal wrecks have also been investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 in Dalton, Post 31 in Valdosta, Post 44 in Forsyth, Post 33 in Milledgeville, Post 23 in Brunswick, Post 26 and Post 29 in Thomaston, as well as the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County PD, and the Savannah Police Department.

The traveling public is reminded that local and state authorities are continuing high-visibility enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers, motorists who are not buckled up, speeders and distracted drivers in an effort to make sure you get to your destination safely.

AAA says this will be a record-breaking travel period before ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

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