Crash Involving Semi-Truck Slows Traffic on Interstate 495
MONROE COUNTY, GA- Wgxa.com writes that a morning crash in Monroe County led to delays on Interstate 475 this week. The wreck occurred in the southbound lanes and reportedly involved a large truck.*
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office reported the delays and stated that the road would reopen later in the day. No information is currently available regarding how the crash occurred or whether any injuries resulted from the wreck.
Overall, car crash deaths have been on the decline in Georgia for the past few years. Reports published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that 1,504 people died in collisions on the state’s roadways, representing a drop of around 2.3 percent in 2018 as compared to the previous year. Still, the fact that so many people lost their lives on the state’s roads is unacceptable.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety writes that the lowering number of fatalities is likely at least in part thanks to the state’s hands-free law, which was enacted in 2018. The law is designed to prevent distracted driving on Georgia’s roads, and according to some officials, the enhanced enforcement of that law will help further reduce the number of lives lost in traffic accidents in the state.
Nationally, a similar decline in fatal traffic crashes was reported with the total number of deaths dropping 2.4 percent. However, both in Georgia and nationally, pedestrians are dying in higher numbers each year. In Georgia, the number of deadly pedestrian incidents jumped by about 60 percent in just five years. Some in the state believe that phones are also to blame for many of these incidents.
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