Crash Reported on Georgia 520 in Chattahoochee County, Georgia
CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, GA- Wrbl.com writes that a collision took place on Georgia 520 in the eastbound lanes. Reports indicate that a large truck was involved in the incident. Police blocked all lanes close to the intersection of Georgia 530 and Georgia 26.*
Officials were asking that drivers avoid the area while the road was cleared.
The state of Georgia is working to lower its number of crashes each year. The number of fatal crashes in the state dropped for two years in a row, indicating that the efforts are paying off. In 2018, the number of traffic-related fatalities dropped from 1,540 to 1,504, which is a total decline of about 2.3 percent.
The numbers in Georgia are inline with the national figures, which displayed a drop of 2.4 percent.
The director of the Governors Office of Highway Safety stated that the decline is an indication that the recently enacted hands-free law is helping to make the roads safer. The improvement was primarily seen in the number of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the state.
Sadly, the benefits did not extend to pedestrian crashes. Georgia's number of pedestrian deaths rose from 253 in 2017 to 261 in 2018, and have gone up by 60 percent in five years.
Officials state that phones are still driving the rise in deadly pedestrian crashes, in spite of efforts to prevent drivers from using their mobile devices while operating cars. The state is planning to continue to enforce the hands-free law to prevent drivers from being distracted but to also work on educating pedestrians about the need to look at the road rather than their phones.
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