Interstate 75 North in Monroe County Blocked by Traffic
FORSYTH, GA- 13wmaz.com writes a collision between a car and a truck on Interstate 75 blocked traffic for several hours. The Georgia Department of Transportation states that the crash led to injuries. The cause of the collision and the number of victims is not available at this time.*
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that traffic crash fatalities dropped in 2018 as compared to the previous year. In 2017, 1,540 people died in car crashes in Georgia, and that number dropped to 1,504 in 2018, indicating a decline of 2.3 percent. At the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety in Georgia, officials stated that the decline is a good sign, but that more than 1,500 fatalities are still far too many lives lost to preventable vehicle-related crashes.
The state believes that part of the decline in fatalities is the result of the hands-free legislation that Georgia passed in 2018. In terms of passenger vehicle fatalities, the numbers dropped from 1,056 in 2017 to 994 in 2018, which is six percent lower.
Nationally the same trend is playing out with fewer vehicle occupant deaths in 2018 than the prior year. Sadly, when it comes to pedestrian fatalities, the numbers indicate a growing problem. Both in Georgia and across the country, the number of pedestrians dying in car crashes is continuing to rise.
Distractions caused by cell phone use are considered a major part of the problem. While the law is helping reduce this particular type of dangerous behavior, police still notice a large number of distractions caused by drivers and pedestrians who are looking at their phones. The Governor’s Office reminded people to pay attention when walking near the roadway as well as when driving and to only cross at crosswalks.
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Sources:https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/local/traffic-i75-forsyth-monroe-interstate/93-af6ed7b9-4c97-417e-b557-7459d96d7e80 and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/