According to a recent report, Georgia's new tough measure against distracted driving is having a positive impact on traffic safety in this state.
Georgia is a major crossroads in the South since it has many nationally known Interstates and highways that cut through it. This means private citizens, as well as truckers and other commercial traffic, frequently pass through this state on route to their final destinations.
To follow up on a previous post, while the number of traffic deaths across the country has declined overall, the number of pedestrian deaths remains high to the point of being an ongoing concern. With almost 6,000 pedestrians across the country dying on the roads in 2016, the numbers should alarm both public officials throughout the state of Georgia as well as for the average citizens of Rome and other towns in the northern part of this state.
According to a recent report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the number of deaths across down due to car and other accidents went down between 2016 and 2017.
A previous post on this blog talked about how a recent report found that, when people engage in distracted driving, they are typically communicating with a spouse, significant other or other person with one's circle of family and close friends.
Although distracted driving, especially texting and driving, is a known dangerous behavior that causes serious and even fatal motor vehicle accidents, Georgia drivers continue to do it even in the face of stepped law enforcement efforts.
According to a recently released report, the number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents in Georgia are down by about 26 percent from 2016 to 2017. In 2016, 170 motorcyclists in Georgia lost their lives in accidents. In 2017, preliminary indications are that only 126 motorcyclists lost their lives in accidents.
While no Georgia resident wakes up in the morning expecting to get in to a car crash, the average person will be involved in one or more motor vehicle accidents over the course of their driving careers. This is true even for careful drivers who, generally speaking, follow the traffic laws and are on the lookout for other drivers.
One of the most frustrating types of motor vehicle accidents are so called hit-and-runs, in which the driver of one of the vehicles, oftentimes the driver who is responsible for the accident, takes off from the scene of the crash, leaving the accident victims to fend for themselves.
Even with the best braking system in the world, there is no such thing as a car or truck that can literally stop on a dime. Motor vehicles are simply too heavy and travel too fast for that to be possible.