Across Georgia and the rest of the U.S., 100 people die per day in traffic deaths. Because of this staggering number, which experts believe may continue to grow, the National Safety Council's Road to Zero Coalition is taking steps to completely eliminate roadway fatalities.
Many drivers in Georgia are concerned about the dangers of distracted drivers on the highways. A number of distractions can divert the attention and the eyes of a driver, from vehicle entertainment systems to smartphones with all of their apps and communication possibilities. While the appeal of distractions is widespread, the consequences of distracted driving can be severe and life-threatening. In 2015, 3,477 people lost their lives across the country due to distracted driving.
Highway fatalities are all too common in Georgia, as elsewhere in the U.S. Though safety features and systems are available that can reduce the risk for a fatality, such as seat belts and airbag systems, many do not take advantage of these or maintain them. The risk for death will also increase when commercial trucks, buses, and other large vehicles are involved.
Drivers in Georgia know that daylight saving time means losing an hour of sleep. While they may not think this will impact their driving, it can. Drowsy driving is already considered a factor in 10 percent of all car crashes in the U.S., according to a traffic safety study by AAA, and it is especially common during this period of adjustment.
Georgia motorists might want to be concerned about a recent report from the National Governors Association. The report maintains that roadways in the United States are less safe than in years past and that the rate of improvements is poor compared to other developed nations. The nonpartisan agency is often used as a vehicle for policy makers to share ideas across state lines on a widespread range of issues.