Even though vehicles have become safer in recent years, the roads technically have not. Fatal car crashes remain one of the top causes of death for people of all ages. Individuals ranging from infants to the elderly can end up severely injured or killed in a Georgia car crash.
Lawmakers and local officials around Georgia make significant efforts to keep people safe on the roads. Unfortunately, it is likely that more effort on this front is still necessary for optimal public safety. How does Georgia rank when compared with other states in terms of protecting drivers from fatal collisions?
Georgia has room for improvement
Overall, Georgia has fared about average when compared with other states regarding its efforts to make the roads safer. A review of Georgia’s laws and reported crashes earned it five points on a ten-point scale. It fell in the “yellow” category established by the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, along with 35 other states.
The state received no points for child passenger safety and teen driving programs. It also had low, one-point scores related to the prevention of speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving. Georgia sees a large number of fatal collisions. There were 14,530 traffic deaths in Georgia over the last decade, and 1,806 of those deaths occurred in 2021.
The increase in fatal collisions has an association with increased dangerous driving habits. The last few years have seen an increase in crashes related to intoxication, distraction and speeding. Pedestrians and cyclists are among those most affected by these changes in driving habits. Lawmakers have a long way to go to address the conduct on Georgia roads that increases the risk of a fatal wreck.
Motorists, cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians all need to commit themselves to safe conduct and watch their surroundings carefully. It only takes a few seconds of close proximity with an unsafe driver for a daily trip to the store to turn into a life-altering experience.
Those who are aware of the statutory shortcomings in Georgia may be more easily inspired to adjust their personal habits for improved overall safety. Recognizing that Georgia is safer than some states but still a relatively dangerous place to drive can ultimately help people take the right steps for their own protection on the road.