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Drugged driving a rising danger

Drivers in Georgia and anywhere else who drive while impaired may increase their risk of getting into an accident. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is pushing for more consistent rules when it comes to testing drivers for drugs. The organization says that in 2006, 30 percent of drivers who were tested for drugs after dying in a vehicle crash tested positive for drugs. That number was 46 percent in 2015.

Truck accident fatalities on the rise

While the total number of deaths from auto accidents dropped in Georgia and across the country between 2016 and 2017, fatalities increased for crashes involving large trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people were killed in car crashes in 2017, a reduction from the 2016 death toll of 37,806. However, crashes involving large trucks or tractor-trailers, specifically those weighing more than 10,000 pounds, took the lives of 4,761 people in 2017. This was a rise of 392 deaths from the previous year.

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