In March 2019, 143 people in Georgia were killed in car wrecks on interstates, according to GDOT data. By comparison, tentative numbers indicate that figure was 12.6% lower last month, with 125 deaths.
The first cases of COVID-19 in Georgia were reported in Fulton County on March 3. Just over a week later on March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared coronavirus a global pandemic.
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That day, vehicle volume on interstates across the state dropped by 44% from the same day last year. Non-interstate roads also saw 45% less traffic than the previous year, according to GDOT data.
The volume of trucks on the road did not see nearly as large of a decrease, dropping by just 4%.
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