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2017 saw decrease in car crashes, but not by much

In its report on 2017 car crash trends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there were 37,133 fatal crashes that year: a 1.8 percent decrease and an improvement from 2015 and 2016, which saw an 8.4 and 6.5 percent increase, respectively. Still, the other numbers in the report should raise concerns for drivers in Georgia.

Georgia police officer pleads guilty in a fatal car crash

During a regular shift in January 2017, a Gwinnett County police officer responded to a car crash call around 9:00 p.m. For what remains undisclosed reasons, the young officer raced to the scene at 97 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the officer never made it to the site of the call.

Woman killed in South Carolina head-on crash

A head-on collision in South Carolina on the afternoon on Sept. 28 claimed the life of a 51-year-old woman, according to local reports. The accident took place on Bramlett Church Road in Laurens County at approximately 4 p.m. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that no charges have been filed yet in connection with the fatal crash, but the investigation being coordinated by the agency's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team remains open.

Moped rider killed in South Carolina crash

Police in South Carolina say that a 60-year-old man will face felony drunk driving charges in connection with an accident in Greenville that claimed the life of a moped rider. Police say that the 46-year-old local resident was killed when a silver Nissan Altima made a left turn directly into his path. The man is currently recovering from injuries he suffered in the accident at the Greenville Memorial Trauma Center according to reports. Police say that they plan to formally charge him upon his release.

Study shows drivers put too much trust in car safety systems

Georgia drivers are right to think that their car safety systems keep them safe. Federal estimates say that such systems can reduce crashes by 40 percent and crash fatalities by 30 percent. Still, there are limitations. According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many drivers are actually unaware of the limitations with blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and other features.

Car crash rates up for always-connected mobile workforce

The mobile workforce is becoming more connected. In 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned smartphones, but in 2017, that percentage rose to 77. At the same time, the number of car accidents among mobile workers went up from 5.7 million in 2013 to 6.4 million in 2017. Georgia residents who are part of a grey fleet or who maintain one should know what the dangers of this trend are.

Humans are still the greatest threat to roadway safety

Self-driving cars have sparked both interest and fear among people in Georgia who wonder how the technology will change the driving experience and affect roadside safety. However, even as the technology advances, humans continue to be the greatest threat to life and health on the roads today. In one study of accidents or other incidents involving vehicles with autonomous technology, humans were responsible for 37 of the 38 incidents when the cars were in fully autonomous mode.

Certain intersections identified as hot spots for accidents

Certain intersections in Georgia and South Carolina are more conducive to traffic accidents than others. In the city of Greenville, for instance, one woman who works in the area reported seeing three accidents in the East North Street-Pelham Road area and two others a few blocks away. The Pelham Road corridor is one of several intersections in the vicinity on a list of "hot spots" for traffic accidents in Greenville that may be the source of potentially serious personal injuries.

New strategies are being used to raise teen driver awareness

Parents and teachers of young Georgia drivers may be interested in the results of a novel approach advocated by researchers involved in a study designed to examine the merits of integrative instruction when it comes to changing the unsafe driving habits regularly employed by youthful drivers. Statistics show that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. A close examination of additional numbers helps reveal why teens are at such high risk.

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