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Trucks Create Risks for Motorists on Busy Interstate 16 in Georgia


July 29, 2020

GEORGIA- 11alive.com writes that Interstate 16 in Georgia is a road in need of many improvements. The interstate that heads to Savannah is known as one of the most hazardous places to drive in the state. The high number of tractor-trailers that frequently use the route are part of the problem. The solution will involve time and money to solve some serious issues with the interstate's infrastructure.* 

Two horrible examples of crashes on the road took place just one month apart from one another. In the first, five nursing students died while trying to drive to a hospital in Savannah. The victims' vehicle was struck by a truck driver who failed to slow a massive semi as traffic became more congested and slowed down. 

Another five people died in a crash that occurred the following month. Again, a truck driver did not stop as traffic backed up, and slammed into the cars.

Officials stated that the number of these collisions increased after the number of compliance officers tasked with inspecting trucks fell. While no study has definitively linked the two, there appears to be a correlation. 

Police in the area started aggressively patrolling and searching for trucks that are speeding or violating other traffic laws and regulations. Still, the deaths continue to occur. 

Some have suggested that trucks be limited to a maximum of 60 miles per hour. New trucks could even have speed limiters in place to prevent them from reaching higher than that speed limit. However, one truck driver expressed that limiting truck speeds could increase the frustration of drivers sharing the road with big rigs and create more problems. 

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Source:

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/deadly-route-166-miles-of-danger/85-349260060

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