Tifton Gazette


January 2, 2013

GSP has busy holiday weekend

TIFTON — Troopers with the local Georgia State Patrol Post 13 were busy this past weekend leading up to New Year’s compared to last year’s numbers.

Post 13’s areas of enforcement are Tift, Cook and Berrien counties.

According to SFC Stan Stalnaker, Tifton’s GSP post commander, from Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 to midnight Tuesday, Jan. 1, the following is Post 13’s total New Year’s holiday traffic count for all three counties: 516 traffic warnings, 525 traffic stops, 12 crashes, four injuries, 199 citations and nine DUI arrests. There were no fatalities.

The total numbers are broken down for each county:

• Tift - 337 traffic warnings; 344 traffic stops; five crashes; one injury; 127 citations; and three DUI arrests.

• Cook - 78 traffic warnings; 87 traffic stops; two crashes; two injuries; 33 citations; and one DUI arrest.

• Berrien - 101 traffic warnings; 94 traffic stops; five crashes; one injury; 39 citations; and five DUI arrests.

Last year’s numbers (from Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012) show that there was a total of 186 traffic warnings, 222 traffic stops, nine crashes, nine injuries, 120 citations and three DUI arrests for Tift, Cook and Berrien counties, says Stalnaker.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s website, six people were killed in traffic crashes in Georgia over the 102-hour New Year’s holiday travel period. The holiday period began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Tuesday.

The GSP investigated 590 traffic crashes during the holiday period with 270 injuries and three fatalities reported. Also, three fatalities were investigated by other agencies. Among the six total fatalities reported in Georgia, one was reported from the GSP in Valdosta. Jake Dale Daughtrey, 22, of Adel was killed Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash on I-75 in Lowndes County after he lost control of his vehicle. Three passengers were injured.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety further states that the GSP investigated 296 traffic crashes that resulted in 172 injuries during last year’s New Year’s holiday period. Troopers investigated seven of the 13 fatal crashes reported statewide.

Also, according to a press release from the local GSP Post 13, troopers investigated 41 traffic crashes during the month of December in Tift County. Stalnaker said the traffic crashes resulted in 22 injuries and no fatalities.

Troopers also issued 391 traffic citations in the county during the month. The total includes 12 DUI arrests, 190 citations for speeding, 29 seat belt violations and 15 child restraint violations.

Troopers also issued 1,092 warnings and made 1,082 traffic stops in the county.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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