Georgia state officials are warning about a possible increase in the number of auto accident-related fatalities for this calendar year.The numbers are expected to rise in 2012, which will be the first time the state has seen an increase in more than 5 years.
The Commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety recently announced that there has been a spike in traffic accident fatalities in the state this year.According to statistics, the state has already surpassed the accident fatality toll during the same period of time last year.
What is even more concerning to our car accident attorneys is that we are still in mid-December, and have not yet started the busiest travel season of the year.As we approach Christmas and New Year’s, there will certainly be more motorists on the road.And unfortunately, too large a percentage of these motorists will be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Others will be speeding to get to their destination or party on time, and texting while driving remains a big problem in Georgia and across the country.
But there are ways you can reduce the risk of being injured in an accident.First, always wear a seatbelt while driving, and make sure that everybody else in your car is also safely buckled in.According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 seatbelts saved more than 12,500 lives across the country.
Second, arrange for a ride prior to going out if you know you will be consuming any alcohol at all.Drivers are much less likely to call for a cab when they are under the influence than when they plan ahead.
Finally, avoid driving late at night.Not only is visibility limited at night, but there are less impaired drivers on the road earlier in the day and evening.
Georgia state law enforcement officials have already kicked off the Click It or Ticket campaign that is meant to enforce seatbelt laws across the state.The campaign will continue to remain in force as we progress through the holiday season.
Drive safe this holiday season and always!