Clayton County is located in the north central portion of Georgia with a population of 267,542. The county itself is seeing a steady growth in population.
With growth in population, there's also more traffic and, unfortunately, car accidents.
So, where are the most dangerous intersections located?
There are quite a few problematic roadways, as far as accidents go, but the number one deadliest intersection in Clayton County is where I-75 meets Jonesboro Road.
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's most recent data, there were 3 wrecks with four killed at this location from 2013 to 2015.
Other dangerous intersections in Clayton, according to insight provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission are:
- Tara Boulevard at North Avenue
- Zion Road and Mt. Zion Boulevard
- Lake Harbin Road and Ga. Highway 54
So, why could these intersections be seeing such a high volume of incidents in Clayton?
The Atlanta Regional Commission, which studies traffic patterns, suggested that individuals driving in the suburbs are generally moving faster than in the congested streets of downtown Atlanta - and more prone to accidents.
In 2014, Clayton County saw 12,397 crashes on its roadways.
And, in 2015, the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 25 deaths from car accidents in Clayton. Six of those deaths were at intersections. The second leading cause of for accidents in Clayton - speeding.
High speeds make a car accident more likely because it takes a longer distance to stop or slow down. They also make collisions more deadly because crash energy increases as speed goes up.
Speeding kills and we have to combat these startling statistics with safety on our roadways.
Here are a few tips to ensure your safety on the road:
- Drive defensively
- Wear your seatbelt
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't text and drive
- Don't speed
- Share the road
- Be courteous
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