Twenty People Killed in Christmas Holiday Travel Period

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Christmas holiday travel period resulted in 20 traffic deaths resulting from 18 fatal crashes. This year, the holiday travel period was 78-hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 24, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 27.

MCCD Officers Focus on Safe Driving Habits for Commercial Motor Vehicles

(Savannah, GA) – During Dec. 15-17, Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety conducted a port check and distracted driving detail along the I-95/I-16 corridors and the areas near the Port of Savannah. This detail focused on inspecting commercial motor vehicles (CMV) transporting intermodal containers, CMVs transporting hazardous materials, and the unsafe operations of a CMV. 

State Troopers and Officers Urge Caution During the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Travel Periods

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) encourage motorists to exercise safe driving habits during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel periods.  In an effort to reduce the number of crashes on Georgia roadways, State troopers and MCCD officers will be on high visibility patrols on interstates and state roads. The Christmas travel period is 78-hours long, from 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27. The 78-hour New Year’s holiday period will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Twenty-Four People Killed in Thanksgiving Day Holiday Travel Period

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the 102-hour long Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 23 fatal crashes and 24 fatalities reported to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).  The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 29.

State Troopers and Officers Emphasize the Importance of Safe Driving This Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

(Atlanta, GA) - The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) will be in full force during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  The 102-hour holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Georgia State Patrol Recognizes Two Trooper School Graduation Ceremonies

(FORSYTH) – The Georgia State Patrol held graduation ceremonies for its 108th and 109th Trooper Schools on Friday, November 6, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.  The 108th Trooper School officially graduated on May 14, but a traditional graduation ceremony was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DPS Receives Funding to Continue DUI Task Force and ALS Program

(ATLANTA) – The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) grant to continue its Nighthawks DUI Task Force and Administrative License Suspension (ALS) program.  The grant is approximately $3.3 million and went into effect on October 1, 2020.  It will continue through September 30, 2021.

Governor Kemp Announces Newly Appointed DPS Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner

(ATLANTA) – Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Board of Public Safety approved the appointments for the Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner during a call-in meeting today, Sept. 30.  Colonel Chris C. Wright will serve as the new DPS Commissioner.  Lt. Colonel William W. Hitchens, III will serve as Deputy Commissioner.

MCCD Officers Conduct Port Check and Distracted Driving Detail

(Savannah, GA) -  On September 22-24, the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety conducted a Port Check and Distracted Driving detail which involved a focus on inspecting commercial motor vehicles (CMV) transporting intermodal containers, CMVs transporting hazardous materials, and unsafe operations of a CMV.  The detail took place along the I-95/I-16 corridors and the areas near the Port of Savannah.

Georgia State Patrol Pays Tribute to its First African American State Trooper

(Atlanta, GA) – Retired Major Robert Hightower became the first African American State Trooper hired by the Georgia State Patrol in 1970.  After 28 years of service with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Hightower retired in 1998 as the Division Director of Driver Services.  Hightower passed on Friday, Sept. 18.  His funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.