Georgia DOT: Driver Attention Needed to Avoid Accidents in Work Zones
GEORGIA – According to a news story posted online at reporternewspapers.net, the Georgia Department of Transportation says driver attention is needed to avoid vehicle accidents inside construction zones. The spring season means more construction projects are starting in the state, and motorists need to practice safe driving to avoid serious collisions.*
Data from the Georgia DOT shows that fatality vehicle accidents inside of construction zones almost doubled in the state between 2014 and 2017. In 2014, a total of 23 deadly accidents happened in Georgia construction zones. By 2017, that number had risen to 55. In 2018, more than 27,000 vehicle collisions occurred in Georgia work zones, leading to almost 9,000 injuries and 52 deaths.
After an injury-causing accident happened in a construction zone on April 3 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the DOT is reminding drivers that they need to pay attention and slow down when they’re inside work zones.
The April 3 crash occurred on Ga. 400 South by Abernathy Road. This area is currently under construction as part of the Transform 285/400 project. A car crashed into the back of a dump truck, then rotated and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the car was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver was also cited for following too closely.
Georgia DOT spokesperson Natalie Dale issued a statement regarding the Transform 285/400 project, saying the affected lanes and roadways will change regularly, as will posted speed limits.
“We ask everyone to take work zones seriously and understand that many of these incidents are preventable by taking simple precautions, like paying strict attention to driving and not talking on the phone in a work zone,” Dale said.
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