You might think that roads that are in places like Evans where the population is fairly low are safer than other heavily trafficked Georgia ones. It turns out that the exact opposite is true though.
Teen drivers in Georgia and across the U.S. are liable to cause car crashes because of drowsiness and inattention. While they cannot blame anyone else for such crashes, there are still ways to reduce crash risk. One is to delay the start of middle and high school to 8:30 a.m. or later, says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Georgia residents should know that the nonprofit Go Safe Labs produced a report on the cities that see the most car accidents. Researchers looked at some 2 million accident reports filed during 2018 and 2019 to arrive at their conclusions. In the top 10 list of cities with the most accidents, Houston was number one with 22,188 accidents. This was followed by Charlotte, North Carolina, with 21,818 and Los Angeles with 19,660.
Modern vehicles do a better job of protecting drivers and front-seat passengers than they do protecting people riding in the back seat, according to a leading safety institute. As a result, rear-seat passengers in Georgia and elsewhere are being placed at elevated risk of injury and death.
Drivers in Georgia have probably heard of the ignition interlock device, an in-car breathalyzer that prevents a car from starting if the driver is found to be drunk. According to the CDC, the IID reduces repeat DUI offenses by as much as 70% when installed. Those states that require DUI offenders to install an IID see 15% fewer alcohol-related crash deaths than states that do not.
Opioids cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, which means users can become drowsy and unable to make clear judgments. This is why opioid use or abuse does not go together with driving. Drivers in Georgia should know that in 2016, 7.1% of all car crash initiators were found to have opioids in their system. In 1993, that percentage was 2%.
Winter driving in Georgia can be more dangerous than driving in the other seasons when there is no risk of snow and ice. However, drivers can take precautions that keep the roads safer.
Many Georgia residents will be happy to hear that car wrecks causing fatalities have decreased over the last two years and continued to stay low during 2019. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, there was a 2.4% decrease in car accident fatalities in 2018 and a 3.4% decrease for the first half of 2019. This organization attributes this decrease in deaths on U.S. roads to technology installed in newer vehicles that helps to prevent crashes.
In 2018, there were some 40,000 car crash fatalities across the U.S. Add to that the 4.5 million who were injured in car crashes, and one has a good reason to practice safer driving. There are some safety tips that Georgia motorists can benefit from.
Many drivers in Georgia become distracted or impatient and run red lights, fully knowing that it's wrong. Unfortunately, many red-light running crashes end in death. The year 2017 actually saw the highest number of red-light running crash deaths (939) in a decade. In a AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index, one third of respondents admitted to running a red light in the past 30 days, and two in five said it was unlikely they would be pulled over for it.