285 killed on Georgia roads so far in 2017

ATLANTA — A total of 285 people have been killed on Georgia roads so far this year, according to a sign on Interstate 285.

More than 1,500 people were killed on roads in the state last year, an uptick from 2015. According to sate officials, 65 percent of roadway fatalities involve a driver failing to maintain his or her lane.

“People are just not paying enough attention on the roadways, and we’re seeing that reflected in the increased fatalities,” WABE quoted Jill Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, as saying in December.

If this current pace holds, roughly 1,200 people will die on Georgia roads this year.

Here is a look at the number of fatalities on Georgia roads in recent years, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation:

  • 2016: 1,559
  • 2015: 1,427
  • 2014: 1,170
  • 2013: 1,189
  • 2012: 1,199
  • 2011: 1,236
  • 2010: 1,250
  • 2009: 1,299
  • 2008: 1,508
  • 2007: 1,647
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