Early reports suggest that the number of traffic fatalities between 2019 and 2020 in Georgia will decrease.

In the first six months of 2020, there were 708 fatalities on Georgia’s roads, a decrease of about 3% when compared to the same time frame in 2019.

While this is of course good news in some respects, Georgia’s numbers were in nothing extraordinary when compared with other states. Some states experienced decreases as sharp as almost 50%, with many states experiences decreases greater than 10%.

A declining number of fatalities is a recent positive trend

If Georgia’s numbers remain steady, the state will be part of an ongoing national trend of fewer people getting into fatal wrecks.

In 2019, for instance, 38,800 people died in motor vehicle wrecks, which was a 2% drop from 2019. Additionally the number of people who suffered significant physical injuries dropped 2% to around 4.4 million.

But the number of fatalities on the roads is still too high

However, losing almost 39,000 people to wrecks is still unacceptable. Moreover, the National Safety Council, which compiled these numbers, found that the number of pedestrian deaths continue to arise. Additionally, distracted driving and fatigued driving, when added, played a role in about 1 out of 10 fatal wrecks.

The National Safety Council took the occasion of its releasing these numbers to warn drivers about the hazards of distracted and fatigued driving. Of course, intoxicated drivers also continue to be a persistent hazard on roads in and around Atlanta.

The Council also suggested that parents and caregivers need to play a role in encouraging teenagers to practice good driving habits.

Drivers in Georgia have an obligation to keep chipping away at the traffic fatality rate by driving carefully and following the laws. Those who fail to do so can be held financially accountable for any injuries or deaths they cause.