Crawford County Crash Kills One, Injures One on GA 22
CRAWFORD COUNTY, GA- 41nbc.com writes that one person died in a Crawford County crash this week, and another was injured. The incident occurred on State Route 22 and Billy White Road. According to the County Coroner, the incident occurred in the early morning. The injured individual was transported to the Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon.*
The collision led to all lanes of GA 22 being closed while responders worked to clear the scene.
Officials with GDOT requested that drivers find an alternate route until the crash is cleared. It is not apparent what caused the incident, and the victim’s identity had not yet been released.
Georgia has had fewer vehicle occupant deaths in recent years. The state worked to combat distracted driving with a hands-free law banning the use of hand-held technology by drivers. Officials in the state believe that the law has played a part in reducing vehicle occupant fatalities.
Still, the number of traffic deaths in Georgia in 2018 was over 1,500. Clearly, the state has more to do when it comes to road safety. Police stated that drivers still often use their phones, and distraction remains a problem.
According to statistics, the state is still experiencing higher numbers of pedestrian deaths each year. In 2018, the numbers went up while other vehicle deaths dropped, and new numbers from 2020 indicate that more pedestrians died in 2019 than in 2018. In fact, Georgia is one of five states that had a significate increase in fatal pedestrian crashes, while other states experienced a decline. Distraction is often cited in these incidents as well. Both drivers and pedestrians may be distracted by their phones leading to a greater risk of collisions.
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Sources:https://41nbc.com/2020/02/25/348915/ and https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2020/02/27/number-of-walkers-who-lost-lives-peaks-in-2019-highest-in-more-than-30-years/?ss=forbes-travel and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/