Officials in Burke County, GA, Looking for Solutions to Rise in Accidents on Hwy 25
BURKE COUNTY, GA. – Officials in Burke County, Georgia, are looking for solutions to a rise in vehicle accidents on Highway 25, according to an online news report from augustachronicle.com.*
A 5-mile stretch of road on Highway 25 in Burke County has seen a steady increase in vehicle accidents. In 2017, 13 accidents occurred between Liberty Street and Highway 24. So far in 2018, there have been 15 accidents in the same place. Two of the most recent accidents occurred on November 30 and December 9.
A car and an 18-wheeler collided, sending one person to AU Medical Center with serious injuries. Another 18-wheeler crashed on Highway 25, which caused all of the southbound lanes on the highway to close for about two hours. The Georgia Department of Transportation says about 20 percent of the highway’s average daily traffic is trucks.
Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard says 18-wheeler crashes are often the most destructive because of the weight of the vehicles, and many accidents have been caused by speed and distracted driving.
“The importance can’t be stressed enough of simply paying attention when you are driving, especially if you are driving an 18-wheeler,” Blanchard said. “The responsibility that goes along with driving a vehicle that is that large that can do so much damage is enormous.”
Blanchard went on to say that drivers needed to monitor their speed and drive for safety, not for avoidance of a ticket.
“It’s unfortunate, but as Americans, most people think, ‘Well, if the speed is 55, I know I’m not going to get pulled over until 65, so I’m always going to speed,’” he said. “Those speed limits are set for best practices. Since most people are not driving even under the best practices, they certainly shouldn’t be exceeding the speed limits.”
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