According to a recent study, first responders, like police officers, paramedics and firefighters and even tow truck operators, are particularly vulnerable to getting injured by a distracted driver.
Despite efforts to improve highway traffic safety, the raw number of fatal accidents in Georgia has increased by over 10% since 1975. In 1975, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, there were 1,360 deaths related to motor vehicle accidents in Georgia, while in 2017, there were 1,540 deaths, an increase of 13%.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about how Georgia's relatively recent law that targets texting and driving seemed to be having its intended effect.
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.