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Study ranks state laws on drunk driving

Residents in Georgia tend to be very proud of their state and that is generally with good reason. The people who live in Georgia enjoy a positive quality of life and want to trust that their state lawmakers and officials look out for their well-being as much as they possibly can. One way of doing this is by passing and upholding laws that aim to encourage safe and positive behavior. In some cases, these laws include penalties for dangerous and reckless behavior.

How to identify the signs of road rage

Driving along the streets of Georgia can be overwhelming and tedious at times. Whether you are rushing to get home from work or running late to an important meeting, you may become enveloped in the chaos on the road. If you have ever experienced road rage, you are certainly not alone. According to AAA, at least 80% of drivers in the country admit to having had feelings of road rage at some point within the last year. The problem comes from the dangerous driving behaviors that are associated with road rage. Approximately 56% of deadly car accidents within a five-year period involved some type of aggressive driving behavior. You may be able to minimize your chance of becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident by being able to identify the signs of road rage. 

Flying truck tire results in death on Georgia interstate

The tires of a tractor-trailer can weigh approximately 100 pounds or more. If they come loose while the truck is in motion, it can pose a threat not only to the truck operator but to drivers of surrounding vehicles. Such a scenario recently played out in Peach County, Georgia, on Interstate 75. The loss of a truck tire reportedly caused the death of a 36-year-old woman after it reportedly struck her vehicle. 

Georgia's DUI laws may not be tough enough

All throughout the United States, including in Georgia, the penalties for a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol have become stronger over the last several decades. However, there is quite a variance between the penalties imposed by each state. One example of how things may differ is the required use of ignition interlock devices. IIDs are used predominately to prevent repeat DUIs.

DOT pushing to ease trucker drive time limits

Residents in Georgia know that truckers spend a lot of long and lonely hours behind the wheel. This can naturally contribute to fatigue and is something that requires careful monitoring in order to keep truckers and other motorists safe. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rules in place capping the number of hours a trucker can drive in a single work day or work week. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the presidential administration are now trying to amend those, easing the limits on truckers. 

Wrong-way driver kills seven, injures three

People in Georgia know that when they are granted a driver's license, they are given not only a privilege but a responsibility. An essential part of that responsibility is to always operate their vehicles safely and in accordance with the law. The safety of themselves, of any passengers they may have and of other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists all depend upon this. Unfortunately, there are many people who allow themselves to speed, be distracted while driving, drive while drunk or engage in other risky behaviors when behind the wheel.

Alcohol and speed continue to claim lives in Georgia

Most people in Georgia are aware that driving after consuming alcohol is not safe as a driver's ability to concentrate and react are both diminished. Driving beyond the stated speed limit is another behavior that is unsafe as posted speed limited are determined as a means of protecting people. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who simply choose to ignore these realities. Instead, they make the reckless choice to drive drunk, to speed or even to do both at the same time. 

Unlicensed teen collides with truck, driver died

People in Georgia who are involved in a motor vehicle accident personally or who have family members that have been injured or killed in crashes should at a minimum be able to trust that there will be a way to be compensated for any losses or injuries they experience. If the other driver is found to be at fault, that may often involve the insurance company for that driver. However, things can get very complicated if an insurance company is not involved.

Impairment suspected in high-speed Georgia crash

A witness describes a sports car passing him on Ocean Boulevard on St. Simons Island, Georgia, at a rate of speed approximately three to four times the limit. He describes himself as lucky to have escaped injury when the vehicle missed him by about a foot as he stood on the sidewalk.

Safety of autonomous vehicles uncertain

Most residents in Georgia have likely heard assertions that self-driving vehicles can dramatically reduce or even eliminate deaths in automobile accidents. That is part of the belief and vision on which these vehicles are being developed and tested today. However, it is not completely clear to many people whether or not this vision can actually be realized.

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