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Friday October 18th, 2019 7:45PM

Report: Two Gainesville area highways among state's deadliest

By Ken Stanford Contributing Editor

Athens Highway and Georgia 365 are among the deadliest highways in Georgia, according to a new study.

The report, which was released Thursday, was compiled by Butler Wooten & Peak LLC, a Georgia-based law firm.

Athens Highway comes in 22nd on the list; Georgia 365 is 55th.

According to the firm's website, "We identified 57 deadly highway stretches, where five or more fatal crashes occurred within 2.5 miles of each other. We then normalized and ranked them by fatal crashes per mile.  Using motor vehicle fatality data from 2013–2015, we analyzed all major interstates, highways, and primary arterial corridors in Georgia in search of road segments with the highest incidence of fatal crashes. Through our analysis, we found that 427 fatal crashes occurred on just 57 stretches of Georgia road totaling 277 miles. These crashes resulted in 460 fatalities, with 20 percent being drunk driving-related deaths."

The study found that there were five fatal crashes on a 2.48-mile stretch of Athens Highway south of Gainesville during that time frame, resulting in nine deaths.  On Georgia 365, there were five fatal crashes in a 6.5-mile stretch of road near Lula, resulting in five deaths. 

Read more about the report on the firm's website. 

 

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