As of September, Georgia Traffic Crashes, Deaths Decline in 2018
GEORGIA – October 15, 2018 (wsav.com) As the year 2018 begins to draw to a close, Georgia is totaling accident figures, and the state has seen a decline in the number of traffic crashes and traffic deaths this year, according to an online news report from wsav.com. The lower numbers follow implementation of Georgia’s Hands-Free law.*
As of September 30, traffic fatalities were down by 128 from 2017. The number of crashes overall was down 11 percent for the year, which represents the largest decrease in traffic accidents in Georgia in a decade. Georgia State Patrol shows that traffic crashes went down in the state right after implementation of the Hands-Free law at the beginning of July. Crashes declined by 2.5 percent in July and by 8.9 percent in August, compared with the same months in 2017.
“I voted in favor of this law, not because I believe the State of Georgia should control our everyday lives, but because people are dying, being injured, and automobiles and other private property are being damaged,” said Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick). “Our insurance rates are skyrocketing well above the regional and national average.”
Insurance claims in the state have also decreased since Georgia’s Hands-Free law went into effect. Quarterly claims are down in terms of both frequency and severity, a trend that began in the last two quarters of 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, crash frequency declined by 2 percent and severity declined by 1 percent, according to the insurance industry.
“Collision claim frequency and severity are declining for the first time in years,” said Robert Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, clinical professor of finance, risk management and insurance at the University of South Carolina. “Increased awareness of the consequences of distracted driving ahead of recent hands-free legislation is a likely factor.”
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