Buzz: 12-cent-a-gallon spike in Bartow gas prices; others hold steady as Thanksgiving travel begins. Public Safety: Troopers will be ‘reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer.’

Buzz: 12-cent-a-gallon spike in Bartow gas prices; others hold steady as Thanksgiving travel begins. Public Safety: Troopers will be ‘reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer.’

Gas prices jump in Bartow County; stay mostly the same in other areas, according to the latest numbers from AAA South. Through Sunday, here are the latest averages for our area.

  • Floyd County: $2.34. No change from last week.
  • Bartow County: $2.47. Last week: $2.35.
  • Gordon County: $2.37.  Up about a penny.
  • Polk County: $2.42. Down a penny.
  • Chattooga County: $2.31. No change from last week.
  • Overall (from AAA):  Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.43 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 2 cents more than last month, and 3 cents more than this time last year. It now costs $36.45 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.15 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.84 per gallon. “Gas prices have been fluctuating as of late, but are currently cheaper than the national average at this time last year, giving Americans a little extra money to spend on travel and motivating millions to take road trips,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “For the majority of Americans, AAA expects gas prices to be fairly similar to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, which averaged $2.57.”

From the Georgia Department of Public Safety: The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.  “Reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer is our job.  To make this happen, troopers and motor carrier officers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state during this holiday period”, said Col. Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

According to AAA, this year we will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. They are predicting most travelers – 49.3 million, a 2.8% increase from last year – will be traveling by automobile.

During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 610 crashes, resulting in 242 injuries. Statewide, there were 15 fatal crashes, resulting in 15 deaths.  GSP investigated ten of those crashes.  In addition to crash investigations, Troopers arrested 339 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 11,523 citations (500 for distracted driving) and 17,046 warnings.

During the holiday period, an updated traffic fatality count will be published on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.


From Georgia DOT: To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced today the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wednesday, November 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 2. The statewide lane restrictions allow commuters work-zone free travel and reduced traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year’s.

The heaviest traffic is expected to be in Buckhead and the northern Perimeter Wednesday through Friday. Click the following links below to view the complete Thanksgiving week travel forecasts:

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