MACON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Georgia has seen its first increase in traffic fatalities in a decade
according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Starting
in 2015, an additional 257 more deaths were reported than in 2014, and
in 2016, traffic fatalities rose again by more than 100 to 1,537 in
GEICO encourages Georgia drivers to keep safety top-of-mind in order to
help stop this serious trend.
GEICO’s Safe Driving Checklist
ALWAYS buckle up: Seatbelts are one of the easiest ways to save
lives and reduce the chances of serious injuries in a crash. In
Georgia, however, 43 percent of traffic fatalities were unbuckled
according to GDOT. Drivers should make buckling up a habit before they
even start the car.
Pay attention: Distractions behind the wheel slow a driver’s
response time to hazards and can often lead to driving mistakes with
severe consequences. GDOT reports that more than a thousand fatalities
in Georgia resulted from bad driver behaviors, such as texting while
driving or other distracting activities.
Drive Defensively: Drivers should maintain their cool while
behind the wheel. Don’t take it personally if another driver does
something that frustrates you. Always consider how your own actions
could affect other vehicles around you.
Don’t speed: Excessive speed is often a major contributing
factor in serious auto crashes in Georgia and everywhere else. Driving
above the posted speed limit means drivers don’t have enough time to
react to abrupt changes in the traffic flow. If the weather is poor,
or traffic conditions are affected by another issue such as
construction, drivers should consider slowing down below the speed
limit and leaving more space between vehicles in front.
Speeding is not only dangerous, but it will cost you. The fine
for speeding plus mandated surcharges can start at $40 and balloon up to
hundreds of dollars depending on the severity of the offense according
to Georgia State Code 40-6-181. The driver also could receive points on
his license, which could cause auto insurance rates to rise.
For more safety tips, visit GEICO’s Safe
Driving Resource Center.