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More than 1,000 people dead on Georgia roads, highest increase in decade

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Georgia is driving down a dangerous path. According to the state’s Department of Transportation more than 1,000 people have lost their lives on Georgia roadways, the largest increase in a decade.

If this trend continues, officials predict to reach more than 1,200 traffic deaths by the end of the year.

“Right now, what we're seeing is the root cause is distracted driving, and that's not anything that we can build our way out of,” said GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale.

She said one of the best ways to lower the number of traffic deaths is by decreasing the amount of distracted driving.

Transportation expert, Michael Rodgers agreed. He said lowering the speed limit, or changing the infrastructure of the roadways won’t make much of an impact.

“Better vehicles takes a while to see the effect, better roads take a while to see the effect more distracted drivers because of new technology may come into the environment much quicker,” said Rodgers.

GDOT said the most concentrated number of driving deaths are in Northeast Georgia and Metro Atlanta.

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