Highway fatality stats indicate two trends

Highway fatality stats indicate two trends

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia saw a significant increase in traffic fatalities in 2015, after years of declines. 2016 is looking better, though.

The Georgia Department of transportation says there were 1,389 road fatalities last year. That's an increase of more than 200 from 2014.

GDOT officials say they just received funding to help make roads safer.

"The House Bill 1-70 has allotted an addition $2.5 million to help out with stop bar striping shoulder widening all these types of activities that enhance safety," said District Engineer  Chadwick Hartley. 

So far this year 29 people have been killed in Georgia traffic crashes, down from 43 at this time last year.

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