Georgia Ranks Fourth Highest in Country for the Number of Traffic Fatalities
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at wsav.com, over 1500 people perished in traffic related accidents last year, ranking Georgia as the fourth highest in the United States for roadway deaths.
As of last Friday, there were 152 fatalities on Georgia roadways since the beginning of 2019.
Troopers state that they involved a variety of factors including speed, impaired driving as well as distracted driving.
According to a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol, "Chatham County is our highest activity county. That's where I make the most DUI arrests. There are a lot of fatalities in Chatham."
The trooper further noted that his goal is to catch as many people as possible who are speeding, not buckled up, or driving while distracted to decrease the rate of fatalities in Georgia.
"Seat belts and speeding are very big factors in fatal crashes," the trooper noted. "A lot of times if you were wearing your seat belt the people that are in the collisions would've survived if they had it on and a lot of times the only reason they didn't and a lot of times they didn't survive is because they weren't wearing it and were ejected from the vehicle."
Per a recent study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation, 917 people perished last year while attempting to merge lanes while this year, sixty people succumbed to their injuries. The cause of this is typically due to distracted driving.
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