The National Safety Council has reported a huge jump in motor vehicle deaths in 2015, according to the AJC. From 2014 to 2015, roadway deaths increased by 22%--a factor some say is due to the fact that driving is more affordable than it has been in years. Motor vehicle mileage increased by 3.5% between 2014 and 2015.
According to Natalie Dale of the Georgia Department of Transportation, "We have seen an unfortunate increase in roadway fatalities in Georgia, as well as nationwide, during 2016. 1,414 lives were lost in Georgia, representing the first increase in fatalities we have seen in Georgia in almost a decade."
Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, agrees, stating that "We haven't seen a jump like this in 50 years." The National Safety Council attributes this rise in deaths to a stronger economy: More and more drivers are employed, and along with lowered gas prices, drivers are hitting the roads "more often and for longer periods of time."
Natalie Dale believes that distracted driving is the main cause of the increase in traffic fatalities. "This sharp increase in fatalities has been the result of a startling rise in distracted driving and drivers not wearing their seat belt. We must work diligently to change this deadly trend of distracted driving on our roads."
Texting is not the only form of distracted driving--Any behavior or activty that takes the driver's attention away from safely piloting the vehicle can be considered distracted driving. Visit our Library to read more about distracted driving statistics and prevention.