SHSP and Traffic Records

The Georgia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a data-driven, comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan that integrates the “4 Safety E’s”- engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services. This plan establishes statewide performance goals, objectives, and emphasis areas that describe program strategies to reduce or eliminate safety hazards on Georgia roads. In the pages of the SHSP & Traffic Records tab, you can view the SHSP in its entirety at http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/highway-safety/shsp/, learn about the SHSP task teams, view partners of the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee and view the SHSP Calendar for meeting dates and other important deadlines and events.

According to the 2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic deaths in Georgia dropped for a second straight year with a total of 1,491 traffic deaths recorded on 2019. This represents a 1 percent decrease from the 1,505 Georgia traffic deaths in 2018.
 
“It is a good sign the number of traffic deaths in our state has gone down for a third consecutive year, but we are by no means celebrating that nearly 1,500 families and friends lost someone in a traffic crash last year in Georgia,” Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said.  “We believe this shows the hands-free law in particular is working and we need to continue our enforcement and education efforts to get all drivers to comply with the law.”

While the total number of Georgia traffic deaths has decreased for three straight years, so has the number of pedestrian fatalities. Following three years of increased pedestrian deaths, 2019 saw a reduction from 262 in 2018 to 236 in 2019. Unfortunately, a 2021 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Pedestrians21) shows that 2020 saw a 20 percent nationwide increase in pedestrian deaths, while Georgia experienced a 18 percent increase.
 
“Distraction by phone is a major factor in the increase of pedestrian deaths in our state and across the nation,” Poole said.  “We have to continue our efforts to get drivers and pedestrians to keep their eyes on the road and not their phone and to encourage those on foot to always use crosswalks when available and to look before stepping out into the street.”

To view Georgia's 2019 traffic fatality data, visit http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/2019-georgia-traffic-fatality-data/. This FARS data for the state of Georgia can be viewed in its entirely online by clicking HERE. Once on the page, click on Georgia in the map. Data can be viewed statewide or by county (by clicking on the drop down menu at the top of the page). Further county-related, interactive data maps for all of Georgia are also available at the above link.