Georgia State Patrol Says that Road Rage, Speeding and Cell Phones Cause Many Collisions
GEORGIA- Walb.com writes that the Georgia State Police are telling drivers across the state to stop using their phones and to slow down. Police spoke out following a fatal collision that took the life of a woman from Florida on Interstate 75.*
Officers say that many deadly collisions take place because of drivers looking at their smartphones and rushing from one place to another.
While phones are the main distraction, tablets, and even the radio dial can take a driver’s eyes away from the roadway and lead to deadly accidents. One of the officers told a story about losing his friend in high school in a crash caused by his friend speeding to get to a doctor’s appointment.
It is easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life. However, speeding does not actually save a driver a lot of time. In fact, traveling 65 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone will save about ten minutes on a fifty-mile drive as compared to traveling the speed limit. With the increase in speed and ten minutes saved, the driver also increases the risk of a crash becoming deadly. When vehicles travel at higher speeds, any resulting crashes can become more severe. A collision that takes place at approximately 50 miles per hour has about twenty times the risk of death as a crash at twenty miles per hour.
Police reminded drivers that using a phone while driving is illegal in Georgia. If pulled over for driving while using a phone, drivers can face fines of $150.00. Of course, the risk of a ticket pales in comparison to the deadly consequences of distracted driving.
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Source:https://www.walb.com/2020/01/25/gsp-phones-road-rage-major-factors-car-accidents/ and https://www.defensivedriving.com/does-speeding-save-time/ and https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/speed_en.pdf