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January 2, 2014

GSP reports 5 holiday crashes­­

TIFTON —

For the New Year’s holiday period (6 p.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday), the Georgia State Patrol Post 13 issued numerous citations and investigated five crashes. Post 13’s area of enforcement includes Tift, Berrien and Cook counties.

SFC Brian Gay, Tifton’s GSP post commander, said 68 citations were issued, which included 23 for speeding, six for suspended licenses, eight for seat belt violations and 16 for child restraint violations. Among the five crashes investigated, three injuries were reported. Two of those injuries were from Tuesday’s crash at the intersection of Union Road and Oakridge Church Road.

Also, 201 warnings were issued, four arrests were made for driving under the influence and 198 traffic stops were made. No fatalities were reported.

According to the latest report on the New Year’s holiday traffic count for the state from the Georgia Department of Public Safety, state troopers investigated 137 crashes that resulted in 52 injuries and one fatality. Five total fatalities were reported in Georgia. In 2012-13, seven fatalities were reported statewide. The Georgia Department of Public Safety also reported that 90 crashes were investigated during the Christmas holiday period (6 p.m. Dec. 24  to midnight Dec. 25) that resulted in 51 injuries and no fatalities. In 2012, 26 fatalities were reported statewide.

For the month of December, Post 13 investigated 71 crashes in Tift County that resulted in 32 injuries and one fatality. Troopers also issued 109 traffic citations in the county during the month. The total includes 11 arrests for DUI, 109 citations for speeding, 36 seat belt violations and four child restraint violations. Troopers also issued 625 warnings and made 619 traffic stops in the county.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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