According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, Gwinnett County is the fastest growing county in metro Atlanta and currently is the second most populated county in the state with 877,222 residents.
With rapid growth in population, there's also more traffic and, unfortunately, more car wrecks.
So, where are the most dangerous intersections?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the deadliest intersection in Gwinnett County is at 316 and Buford Drive. At this site, four died in three crashes in the last three years of data collected from 2013 to 2015.
Other dangerous intersections in Gwinnett:
- Jimmy Carter Blvd and Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
- State Road 316 and Harbins Road in Dacula
- Steve Reynolds Blvd and Venture Drive in Duluth
So, why are these intersections seeing such a high volume of wrecks in Gwinnett?
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 are, therefore, more prone to accidents.
Gwinnett County is mainly comprised of suburbs.
In 2014, Gwinnett County saw 36,094 crashes on its roadways.
And, in 2015, the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 32 deaths from car accidents in Gwinnett. Thirty of those deaths were at intersections. The number one leading cause of for accidents in Gwinnett - 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
Gwinnett County residents travel 22,716,760 miles daily.
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