Georgia County Government - Fall 2015 - (Page 42)
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the crisis on
Turning the Tide on the Surge in
Georgia Traffic Deaths
By Liz Rothman, Public Affairs Writer / Office of Communications
Georgia Department of Transportation
eAch morning the Georgia
Department of Transportation's (Georgia
DOT) daily fatality report lists the deaths
on Georgia's roads reported over the past
24 hours. It includes the type of crash;
names and ages of victims; a year-todate total; and a comparison of numbers
to the same time last year. It is a somber
account - after all, these are not just
statistics. These are people - 662 as of
June 30, 2015 - whose families are torn
apart by a tragic loss. That's 114 more
people killed on Georgia's roads in the first
half of this year compared with the same
six-month period last year.
This increase in crashes and fatalities
is not just on Georgia's interstates. State
routes and rural roads in local communities statewide are also seeing a spike -
especially in the northeast and west central
regions. And Georgia is not alone, most
states are experiencing a similar surge.
To address a startling increase in fatalities on Georgia's roadways in the first
quarter of 2015, Georgia DOT launched
DriveAlert ArriveAlive, a statewide multiagency campaign that calls attention to the
rise in roadway fatalities and educates the
public about how making simple changes in
their driving behavior can help turn the tide
on the number of crashes and fatalities. The
GeorGiA County Government
DriveAlert ArriveAlive message to motorists is simple: buckle up; stay off the phone;
and drive alert.
In the first three months of 2015 there
were 294 traffic fatalities in Georgia. That was
55 more than the same period in 2014. As
of the 6-month mark (ending June 30, 2015)
there were a total of 662 fatalities - 114
more than the first half of last year. That's
over 100 deaths a month.
Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell
McMurry calls it a crisis.
"We've got a real issue today on Georgia's
roads. If we continue at this rate, we could
see over 1,200 fatalities by the end of the
year. That would be the first increase in
Georgia in nine years," McMurry said.
"That's just unacceptable - especially
when many of these crashes can be prevented by changing driver behavior."
reduce Preventable crashes by
Many people are dying as a result of preventable single vehicle crashes. In fact,
single vehicle crashes account for 49 percent of all traffic fatalities. Georgia DOT
attributes the main cause to be distracted
driving. Drivers, now more than ever, are
driving distracted or impaired. They are
just not focused on driving. They can be
seen doing other things - talking on the
phone, texting, adjusting the radio, using
GPS, putting on makeup, eating, or just
plain daydreaming. A startling 74 percent
of fatalities are due to driver behavior.
DriveAlert ArriveAlive implores drivers to
take responsibility for their driving behavior....
Drive responsibly. It's easy as 1-2-3.
1. Buckle up... Always wear a seat belt no
matter how far you drive [it's the law].
2. Stay off the phone and mobile devices ...
If possible, shut off the phone to avoid
temptation [even hands-free use is a distraction] and no texting [Georgia law bans
texting and driving]. Just drive.
3. Drive alert ...
Do not drive drowsy or impaired.
safety is Georgia dot's
number one Priority
GDOT's safety efforts have contributed to
nine consecutive years of decreased roadway
fatalities in Georgia. The goal of DriveAlert
ArriveAlive is to continue that annual downward trend - toward zero deaths.
GDOT employs a variety of measures that
contribute to safer driving. For example,
instead of a vertical pavement drop-off,
GDOT uses a safety edge that shapes the
pavement edge, allowing drivers who drift
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2015
Putting the Private Sector to Work for Georgia’s Counties
Military Partnerships with Georgia Counties a Win-Win
Georgia Helps Itself: The Efforts to Provide Funding Alternatives
A New Direction
Rebounding Economy Leads to Reform in Property Tax Law
The Crisis on our Roads: Turning the Tide on Surge in Georgia Traffic Deaths
2015 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Education and Economic Development Go Hand-in-Hand
County Collaborations with Local Schools Save Money, Improve Efficiency
Georgia’s Technical Colleges: Where Business and Education Intersect
Welcome to 191 Peachtree, ACC G's New Home
Georgia County Internship Program: Summer Success Stories
ACCG Heads to Jekyll Island for the Legislative Leadership Conference
I, You, Me, and We
Reducing In-the-Line-of Duty Deaths with Below 100 Train the Trainer
“Her Majesty” Instills Valuable Lessons: Lessons learned from the Hancock County Courthouse Fire
Thank You to our Partners
Why Can’t We Just Keep It All? The Case for Records & Information Management
Social Media and the Dog Tags
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Fall 2015