DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - In May 2015, state transportation officials initiated the Arrive Alive campaign in hopes of reducing the numbers of traffic fatalities in the State of Georgia.
So far, five of the seven districts have seen reductions. However, two districts, Metro Atlanta and South Georgia, have seen an increase in traffic fatalities in 2016.
More than fifteen people have lost their lives on South Georgia roadways so far this year; that number was closer to eleven deaths this time last year.
Transportation and law enforcement officials say roadways are not the cause of the accidents, it's the drivers.
Distracted driving remains to be a major issue for the state, especially in South Georgia.
Transportation officials advise drivers to drive responsibly, including not talking on the phone or texting while operating a vehicle.
They also want to remind drivers that it is against the law to text while driving in the State of Georgia.
More than 1,400 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2015. Transportation officials plan to continue educating the public on distracted driving and hope to see a decrease of fatalities in 2016.