SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Will you be traveling for the holiday weekend? A new study says South Carolina and Georgia are two of the top 10 states for rural road traffic fatalities.
Back roads are exactly where the fatalities are increasing. South Carolina is ranking at number four and Georgia is following closely behind at number nine. Traffic fatalities on rural roads are two-and-a-half times higher than on any other type of road. The amount of fatalities rose six-and-a-half percent in just one year, from 2015 to 2016.
The study says the reason for the fatalities on these roads is a lack of safety features, longer emergency vehicle response times, and people traveling on the roads drive at higher speeds. Chief Deputy Long of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office says if he had to give drivers on the road this weekend a verbal spanking, it would be this:
"Leave the alcohol at home, buckle up, and slow down," said Chief Deputy Long.
What's interesting in this study is that it also shows the top 25 states with poor road and bridge conditions, meaning that the quality of the roads could be contributing to these fatalities. However, this isn't the case for South Carolina and Georgia. Neither are on this list.
Local sheriff's offices say if you are planning on traveling the back roads this weekend, do not drink and drive and do not text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road and stay safe.