Close to 60 People Killed in Holiday Traffic Accidents in South Caroline and Georgia
GEORGIA- The augustachronicle.com writes that the end of the year holidays led to nearly 60 people being killed on South Carolina and Georgia roadways in 2018. In total, 59 people died in car crashes over the Christmas and New Year holidays.*
The period of time around Christmas saw 26 deaths in Georgia and 5 in South Carolina. Over the New Year’s period, 18 people were killed on Georgia’s roads and another 10 in South Carolina.
The high death toll seen in both states indicates a large increase over the previous year. While the 2018 numbers factor in a longer period of time, Harris Blackwood from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety states that the additional hours added to the holiday time periods do not explain the large spike in fatal crashes. Blackwood says that there are more people on the road now than a year ago as a result of a strong economy. Blackwood states that people travel more in a strong economy making the roads more congested and crashes more likely.
While the 2018 end of year holidays led to a large number of traffic-relatedfatalities, the total number of people killed on the road inGeorgia seems to have decreased between 2017 and 2018 from 1,549 people dying in 2017 to 1,457 in 2018. However, the 2018 numbers will likely rise as the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) updates their database.
South Carolina’s traffic deaths increased slightly between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, 989 people were killed in the state while 991 died in 2018. Reports indicate that most of the people killed in South Carolina car crashes did not use their seatbelts.
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