Number of Georgia's Traffic Fatalities Increased for the First Time in 9 Years

Starting in 2006, for the past 9 years Georgia has only seen a decrease in the total number of traffic fatalities each and every year. Now that 2015 has come to an end, it has been revealed that the number of deaths this past year has increased by 17% compared to 2014. As of December 23, 2015, the total number of deaths related to traffic accidents reached 1,339, compared to last year's 1,170 fatalities.

Here is the breakdown of what took place in 2015:

  • 671 fatalities occurred on state routes
  • 483 fatalities happened on local routes
  • 185 fatalities occurred on interstates
  • 190 fatalities were pedestrians
  • 138 fatalities were motorcyclists
  • 21 fatalities happened to bicyclists
  • 6 collisions occurred between a car and train, resulting in fatalities

What is the major reason for the increase in fatalities?

According to the State Department of Transportation, there have been an increase in the number of single vehicle accidents that are the result of drivers running off the road. In many of these cases, the cause of these collisions has been related to various forms of reckless driving, including not wearing a seat belt, driving while tired, driving under the influence, or distracted driving.

Georgia's Department of Transportation (GDOT) has taken a stance in attempting to improve these statistics by implementing the "Drive Alert. Arrive Alive." campaign, encouraging drivers to stay off their phone, stay buckled, and remain alert while on the road.

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