Last summer, a new Georgia law went in to effect that prohibited motorists in this state from handling their phones and other portable electronic devices while also driving. The measure was meant to curb texting and driving and other, related behavior behind the wheel.
There are many people in Georgia who, despite repeated warnings, choose to continue to engage in texting and driving or in trying to talk while they are on their phones and maneuvering through traffic at the same time.
A serious accident involving eight vehicles left a small child, who was two years old, dead and another four-year-old critically injured. Thankfully, the injured child is expected to survive. Two other people were also taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition after the accident.
A Georgia woman whom family members said was headed home to make dinner on Christmas Eve was severely injured in a head-on collision. A couple of days afterward, the woman remained in intensive care.
With New Year's Eve coming up, many people in Georgia will likely want to celebrate with a few drinks. However, given some analyses about the effects of even low levels of alcohol on a person's driving ability, a person who is planning to drive home after the big party may want to think twice about taking that extra glass of champagne.
Another spike in the number of people traveling on Georgia's roads will take place over the upcoming week or two as people across the country from all sorts of backgrounds and faiths prepare to get together with families and celebrate Christmas.
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.