Atlanta recently joined major cities across the United States in allowing e-scooter companies to place their equipment in certain parts of the city. Many people in Northern Georgia may be familiar with this latest trend in transportation, in which a pedestrian can get a fast and convenient ride simply by picking up an electronic scooter, paying for it and taking it to his or her destination and then leaving it for the next rider.
Many of the newer models of cars come equipped with all kinds of hi-tech features that are supposed to make driving safer and more comfortable. For instance, most vehicles these days come equipped with built-in navigation systems as well as features that allow drivers to place and receive phone calls, in theory without using their hands.
According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, there will be 41.4 million people on traveling by car to reach their destination during the long holiday weekend. The AAA says that, at least since it began tracking these statistics back in 2000, this is the highest number of travelers taking to the highways.
A recent study published by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, shows that many drivers in Georgia may not fully appreciate the risks of driving while high on marijuana.
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.