Monday, March 31, 2014
ATLANTA (WRDW) - The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways has declined for the eighth straight year.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) released the number today, 1,186 people were killed in accidents on state roads in 2013. That is 13 less than in 2012 and 562 fewer people in 2005.
“The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood noted. “Each number represents a family that has been spared from the horror of learning that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle crash. We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads.”
Statistics for national fatalities in 2013 have not been finalized; however, that number had a 5% increase in 2012 to approximately 36,200 deaths.