Tragic Crash Reported on Interstate 85 in Troup County, Georgia (GA)
TROUP COUNTY, GA- Wtvm.com writes that a crash on Interstate 85 killed at least one individual this week in Troup County. The crash occurred in the southbound lanes close to the interchange for Georgia Highway 54.*
Car crashes killed 1,507 people in Georgia in 2019. Sadly, that number indicates that fatalities increased last year after dropping for two years in a row. In 2017, deaths were lower than in 2016, and in 2018, fatalities dropped from 1,540 to 1,504. While the increase of three deaths between 2018 and 2019 is minor, it is disheartening to see that the downward trend did not continue.
Officials in the state were hopeful that the hands-free law would improve safety by prohibiting distracted driving. When deaths dropped by 2.3 percent in 2018 after the law went into effect, officials were pleased by the apparent progress.
The rise in deaths indicates that Georgia has much more work to do in order to reduce dangers on its roads. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the majority of crashes in the state are directly caused by drivers engaging in dangerous behaviors. In fact, more than three in four deadly collisions are believed to have been the result of drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors.
GDOT points to distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding as some of the main contributing factors in crashes on the state’s roads.
Another issue that continues to keep the number of deaths high is that many people still fail to use the seatbelt. Out of all the victims killed in crashes who could have used a seatbelt, 60 percent failed to do so. The universal use of seatbelts would, therefore, be expected to greatly lower traffic deaths each year.
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