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Report: 57 Deadliest Roads in Georgia

It is fairly easy to identify the cause of the increasingly frequent motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving, following too closely, unsafe speed, failure to yield, and weather conditions all top the list of causes. 

But are some roads more dangerous than others?

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that more than 1,000 traffic accidents happen around the state on a daily basis and an estimated 31 people die each week on Georgia roadways.

It is fairly easy to identify the cause of the increasingly frequent motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving, following too closely, unsafe speed, failure to yield, and weather conditions all top the list of causes.

But are some roads more dangerous than others?

An analysis recently conducted by Butler Wooten & Peak found that 427 fatal crashes occurred on 57 stretches of Georgia road totaling 277 miles. These crashes resulted in 460 fatalities, with 20 percent being drunk driving-related deaths.

Information from Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

To determine the 57 deadliest roads (or stretches of road), Butler Wooten & Peak identified stretches where five or more fatal crashes occurred within 2.5 miles of each other. The results were then normalized and ranked by fatal crashes per mile. All of the data is from motor vehicle fatality data from 2013 – 2015.

Not surprisingly, 26 of the 57 are sections of interstate freeway and in terms of quantity, Interstate 75 tops the list with 11 stretches of highway.

These are the deadliest places on Georgia’s highways:

RANK ROAD CITY MILE POINT FATAL CRASHES FATALITIES LENGTH FATAL CRASHES PER MILE
1 I- 20 Atlanta 44 5 5 0.98 5.1
3 Mike Padgett Hwy Augusta 52 6 6 1.29 4.65
2 I- 75 Kennesaw 157 5 6 1.07 4.67
4 Lee St SW Atlanta 158 5 5 1.17 4.27
5 I- 85 Atlanta 10 10 2.46 4.07
6 Wesley Chapel Rd Decatur 68 5 7 1.42 3.52
7 I- 85 Atlanta 18.5 5 5 1.44 3.47
8 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW Atlanta 126.5 6 6 1.8 3.33
9 Old National Hwy Atlanta 312 12 12 3.73 3.22
10 Houston Rd Macon 40.5 7 9 2.38 2.94
11 I- 75 Atlanta 31.5 5 5 1.85 2.7
12 Metropolitan Pkwy SW Atlanta 83.5 8 8 2.98 2.68
13 I- 20 Atlanta 50 10 11 3.93 2.54
14 Gordon Hwy Augusta 79 6 6 2.42 2.48
15 Pio Nono Ave Macon 57.5 8 10 3.34 2.4
16 I- 85 Atlanta 98.5 10 10 4.22 2.37
17 State Rte 14 Connector Atlanta 313 5 6 2.13 2.35
18 Athens Hwy Loganville 106 5 5 2.29 2.18
19 I- 285 Sandy Springs 165.5 10 11 4.69 2.13
20 I- 516 Savannah 32.5 6 7 2.82 2.13
21 Broadway Macon 49.5 5 7 2.46 2.03
22 Athens Hwy Gainesville 66.5 5 9 2.48 2.02
23 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome 168.5 6 6 3.06 1.96
24 I- 285 Doraville 12 13 6.12 1.96
25 State Rte 36 Covington 72.5 7 9 3.87 1.81
26 I- 285 East Point 313.5 30 32 17.47 1.72
27 I- 75 Forest Park 85.5 10 11 5.9 1.69
28 I- 75 McDonough 56 6 6 3.69 1.63
29 Lavista Rd Decatur 105.5 5 5 3.34 1.5
30 Tara Blvd Jonesboro 73.5 15 15 10.19 1.47
31 Moreland Ave SE Atlanta 21 9 11 6.31 1.43
32 Abercorn St Savannah 104.5 8 8 5.96 1.34
33 S Cobb Dr Marietta 54 6 7 4.47 1.34
34 I- 75 Locust Grove 26 8 8 6.22 1.29
35 I- 85 West Point 64 5 5 3.92 1.28
36 Columbia Dr Decatur 26.5 5 5 4.03 1.24
37 Stone Mountain Fwy Tucker 61.5 7 8 5.69 1.23
38 Memorial Dr Decatur 86 5 5 4.07 1.23
39 I- 20 Douglasville 15 16 12.29 1.22
40 I- 75 Dalton 121 6 6 4.97 1.21
41 Lawrenceville Hwy Lilburn 22 5 6 4.19 1.19
42 I- 75 Calhoun 39.5 6 6 5.05 1.19
43 I- 95 Savannah 33 5 5 4.3 1.16
44 I- 75 Stockbridge 168 5 5 4.37 1.14
45 Covington Hwy Decatur 8 8 7.07 1.13
46 I- 20 Decatur 110 12 12 10.61 1.13
47 Riverside Dr Macon 103.5 6 6 5.39 1.11
48 I- 516 Carrollton 123.5 6 6 5.57 1.08
49 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy SE Cartersville 116.5 5 5 4.65 1.08
50 I- 285 Decatur 105 7 9 6.57 1.07
51 Sylvester Rd Albany 110.5 6 6 5.83 1.03
52 I- 75 Cartersville 71 6 6 5.85 1.03
53 S Fulton Pkwy Atlanta 101.5 7 7 6.92 1.01
54 I- 75 Cartersville 144.5 13 14 12.89 1.01
55 State Rte 365 Lula 5 5 6.15 0.81
56 Villa Rica Hwy Dallas 51.5 6 7 7.84 0.77
57 I- 75 Macon 122.5 5 5 8.41 0.59

 

You can examine the rest of the data as well as the interactive maps here.

Chart from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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