Despite the Pandemic, Traffic Deaths are High in Georgia in 2020
GEORGIA- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reporting a tragic, new accident statistic, according to AJC.COM.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is reporting that the number of individuals killed in traffic-related incidents in Georgia state is slightly higher when compared to the same time period in 2019. In the past several years, the Georgia Department of Transportation had reported declines in traffic fatalities. Officials in the state were hoping that the declining traffic fatalities were a result of Georgia's hands-free legislation, which went into effect in 2018 and dictated that drivers are not able to use handheld electronics while operating vehicles, except in very limiting circumstances. Unfortunately, while the pandemic has led to a 40 percent reduction in traffic, motor vehicle fatalities increased in the state.
Reports indicate that so far this year, over 1,200 people have died in traffic accidents on Georgia's roads. When compared to the same time last year, the number of fatalities in 2020 has increased. Officials referred to the numbers as shocking and disappointing considering traffic volume is increasing and returning to normal. Safety officials believe there is a significant chance that the number of fatal accidents will continue to climb more quickly and eventually outpace last year's numbers by an even larger margin.
Officials point out that through much of the year, traffic volume was far lower than normal, and there was little congestion on the roads. Officials blame excessive speeding on the road. With few vehicles traveling on the state's interstates and highways, some drivers saw the light traffic as a reason to reach speeds not previously possible.
Speeding tickets for drivers traveling more than 100 miles per hour increased significantly. Police reported declines in minor fender bender crashes but sharp rises in severe wrecks. Drag racing and other dangerous behaviors are also taking place throughout the state. Reports also suggest that fewer people are using their seatbelts now than in the past. It is not clear why individuals are failing to buckle up.
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