2019-01-09 / Front Page

44 die on roads during holidays

Traffic fatalities exacted a heavy toll during the holidays with Georgia Public Safety reporting 44 people died on Georgia roads over the Christmas and New Year holiday travel periods. This year’s holiday traffic fatalities doubled last year’s 22 deaths.

This year’s Christmas and New Year holiday travel periods was a full 48 hours longer than last year, but it took a much heavier toll.

The Christmas holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. The New Year holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Christmas holiday travel period resulted in 26 traffic deaths.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers and local agencies investigated over 700 traffic crashes that resulted in over 333 injuries and 26 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations,

285 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,978 citations and 15,888 warnings were issued.

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the New Year’s holiday travel period resulted in 18 traffic deaths.

Georgia State Troopers and local agencies investigated over 550 traffic crashes that resulted in over 223 injuries and 18 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 368 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 6,971 citations and 11,339 warnings were issued.

The only fatal accident in Early County reported by Georgia State Patrol Post 14 was the Dec. 26 wreck involving an automobile and a Honda ATV on U.S. 27 near the Miller County line in which a hunter from Florida was killed.

The Georgia State Patrol identified the victim Monday as Joe Cecil Bohannon, 61, of Sarasota, Fla.

Runners are familiar with the term “recovery run,” but the 23rd Dr. James H. Crowdis Run Jan. 19 will be a different recovery run of a different type as participants run and walk along streets that were impassable three months ago.

This year’s event will emphasize Blakely’s recovery from Hurricane Michael and will recognize some of the race sponsors and participants who helped aide in our recovery.

The 5K, 10K and one-mile runs will begin at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Walkers are encouraged to participate. All finishers will receive a medal with trophies awarded to the fastest in the 5K and 10K.

Race sponsors are Bank of Early, Grist Oil, The 4th Out, Piggly Wiggly, LifeBrite Community Hospital and the Blakely Senior Center. Entry forms may be picked up at these locations and also at Blakely Fitness Center, Lucy Hilton Maddox Library and Early County Museum.

For further information visit www.crowdisrun.weebly.com or call 723-5070.

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