Winter storm and travel updates from Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
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With a significant winter storm predicted to bring snow and more than an inch of ice to parts of Georgia, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) is encouraging all residents to stay off the roads and prepare for extended power outages.
The Georgia State Patrol is monitoring weather and road conditions in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Emergency Management. Troopers are cautioning drivers to carefully monitor weather reports frequently as they travel and be prepared for driving conditions to deteriorate. As temperatures continue to fall, hazardous driving conditions will set in, first with the bridges and overpasses.
Officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety are warning drivers of the approaching winter storm with printed information at the state's inspection stations.
The following covers the period between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Thursday:
Information on vehicles abandoned on Atlanta interstates. Drivers may call 5-1-1 for assistance in locating vehicles
A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia. Unless it is absolutely unavoidable, please do not drive in icy conditions.
Traffic crashes across Georgia during the New Year's holiday travel period resulted in five fatalities. Traffic deaths were reported by the Georgia State Patrol post in Cartersville, Waycross Police, Marietta Police, and two fatalities by the Cobb County Police Department. State Troopers investigated 137 traffic crashes with 52 injuries during the 30-hour holiday period.
The Georgia State Patrol has been awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant of almost $2.37 million from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant provides funding for GSP to continue the Nighthawks DUI Task Force as well as the department’s Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program.
As the Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel periods rapidly approach, the Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to use extra caution when traveling across the state. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said state troopers will be on patrols looking to spot impaired drivers and people not using seat belts.