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Alarming Increase in Georgia Highway Accident Fatalities

November 28, 2012

Each year, the end of Thanksgiving typically leads to a large surge of traffic across the U.S. as people head home from their respective travel destinations. Specifically, the Sunday following Thanksgiving is typically the most frequently travelled day of the year for motorists, especially in Georgia.

Unfortunately, this also makes driving during these times much more risky, given the increased amount of negligent and reckless drivers out on the road. As provided by the AAA, nearly 40 million Americans travel over 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday, leading to an overall increase in these types of accidents.

In Georgia alone, 19 people were killed this past weekend on highways located throughout the state. This surpasses last year’s 18 fatal accidents. As stores emptied out from black Friday crowds, the Georgia roads dangerously filled up as a result. In response to the recent highway deaths, Sergeant Shawn Urquhart of the Georgia State Police urges people to be more alert of their surroundings, give themselves a larger window of time to get to their destination, and simply to slow down. According to Urquhart, thinking that you can safely go 10 mph over the speed limit without being stopped by police is simply not the case anymore. Overall, the Georgia State Police is keenly aware of the hazardous road conditions that arise due to increased holiday traffic. As a result, they assign every available State trooper to watch out for people not wearing seatbelts, those who speed and intoxicated drivers.

Even Georgia motorists are recognizing the gravity of the problem. Mike Fritz, a motorist traveling back home to Augusta over the Thanksgiving weekend, asserted that it seems as if people are ever increasingly pushing the speed limit. According to Fritz, if you stay within its confines, you will likely be passed. Fritz associates this with the fact that people coming home from the holidays are overtired and probably anxious, leading to the surge in holiday collisions. Overall, dangerous holiday road conditions continue to be a problem in Georgia, causing police officers and lawmakers alike to urge motorists to be extra-cautious when driving during these times.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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