Sam Harris, GDOT’s state safety engineer, attributed the rising fatalities to three things: distracted driving, speeding and driving under the influence.
Other states also are seeing increased fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released preliminary statistics showing that 8,730 people died nationwide in traffic accidents in the first three months of this year. That’s up 10.5% from the same period last year.
This is not just a Georgia problem,” Harris told the state board.