Recent Traffic Accidents
Recent traffic accidents are reported by local papers. Although local newspapers rarely report on most traffic accidents, they do report when the accidents are either unusual or very serious.
The holiday season brings out travelers by hundreds of thousands. Even if the percentage of accidents and injuries from accidents remain the same, the total number of injuries rises dramatically during the holidays.
A recent AAA survey showed that nine out of ten holiday travelers will travel by automobile during the Memorial Day weekend holiday. That is approximately eighty-eight percent of all travelers.
Safety officials across the country are encouraging the nation's drivers to buckle up. Over the last several years, the number of injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents has fallen, which has been attributed largely to an increase in the use of seat belts.
Driver distractions account for approximately eighty percent of traffic accidents. Do not contribute to the accident statistics by using your cell phone while driving. If you need to use your cell phone, pull off the roadway to a safe place to make your call.
Don't be one of the recent traffic accidents we will read about in the newspaper.
Driver Safety Precautions
Get plenty of rest before making a long trip. Driver fatigue and sleepiness account for many accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recognizes this and limits truck/tractor driver hours on the road. Driving fatigued and sleepy not only endangers you but all the other travelers on the highway.
Too often, individuals work late to complete tasks that have to be completed before they can leave town. That report for the boss just has to be turned in before vacation can begin. So what happens? You stay up most of the night working on the report and then travel without adequate rest and sleep.
Take frequent breaks while traveling. Stop and get out of the car; walk around and stretch your legs. This helps to stimulate your mind as well as your body. This could be the activity that keeps you out of the newspaper headline, "Recent Traffic Accidents."
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety advises drivers to always buckle their seat belts. This is especially true during the busy summer travel season.
Safety office targets highway traffic safety during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This period of time is one of the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia highways.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says, "Almost 1,600 persons die each year on Georgia's roadways. On the average, 29 people are killed in motor vehicle crashes in Georgia every week. With '100 Days of Summer HEAT,' the motoring public will know that Georgia law enforcement officers have a zero tolerance to excessive speeding, impaired driving and occupant protection violations."
Super Speeder Law
The State of Georgia has added another preventive measure to keep you from being in the recent traffic accident category.
It is called the "Super Speeder" law.
The law adds an additional $200 state fee for any driver convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on any two-lane road or convicted of speeding at 85 mph or more anywhere in Georgia. The state fees are in addition to any local fines that are in place.
The law went into effect on January 1, 2010. It is designed to get tough on high-risk drivers who endanger other motorists and ignore warnings to slow down. Speeding motorists put themselves, their passengers and others at grave risk.
The law is not only intended to reduce property damage, injuries and deaths but the fines collected go to support the trauma hospitals across the state.
The "Super Speeder" law has helped to reduce newspaper headlines for recent traffic accidents.
Georgia's Move-Over Law
Georgia, along with more than 40 other states has promulgated a "Move-Over" Law.
The Georgia Move-Over law requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, whenever an emergency vehicle on the side of the road displays emergency lights. In situations where the traffic is too congested, the law advises drivers to simply slow down below the speed limit. Traffic officers making routine traffic stops are in grave danger from passing motorists.
The goal is that recent traffic accident headlines will include less emergency personnel. They can do their job in a less dangerous environment.
Do your part and slow down, especially around emergency vehicles on the side of the road.
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