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Gwinnett police respond to nearly 1,200 traffic calls in 36 hours 

Jan. 18, 12:42 p.m.: Gwinnett County police responded to 1,140 traffic calls in 36 hours during a winter storm that left snow and ice on the roads.

The calls included traffic accidents, hit-and-runs, street hazards, citizens in need of assistance and stranded motorists, Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

The nearly 1,200 calls came in between midnight Wednesday and noon Thursday. 

Jan. 17, 2:57 p.m.: The Gwinnett County Police Department has responded to 567 traffic incidents since midnight Wednesday, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has responded to more than 100 emergency calls. 


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The county received more than an inch of snow in some locations, making roads difficult to navigate for many drivers. Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Jake Smith said no road in the county was safe to drive on Wednesday morning.

No fatalities have been reported as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. 

Most of the calls that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded to were medical calls, said Capt. Tommy Rutledge of Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. There have been no major vehicle accidents or structural fires as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Rutledge said.

County residents should stay off the roads for the day if possible, but if driving is necessary, drivers should exercise extreme caution, Rutledge said. Black ice may be difficult or impossible to see, and slow speeds may minimize risk if you cross it. 


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