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The following 2020 data is as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This FARS data for the state of Georgia can be viewed in its entirety 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.

 

Traffic Safety Performance (Core Outcome) Measures* For Georgia

Core Outcome Measures Year
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Traffic Fatalities Total (C-1) 1,226 1,192 1,180 1,164 1,432 1,556 1,540 1,505 1,492 1,664
Rural 627 589 557 462 565 603 594 508 520 647
Urban 579 603 621 702 867 953 946 997 972 1,014
Unknown 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Fatalities Per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Driven Total (C-3) 1.13 1.11 1.08 1.04 1.21 1.27 1.23 1.14 1.12 1.43
Rural 1.73 1.68 2.18 1.79 1.98 2.01 2.00 1.55 1.63 2.23
Urban 0.80 0.83 0.74 0.82 0.97 1.03 1.00 1.01 0.96 1.17
Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities
(All Seat Positions)
Total 878 829 812 795 1,008 1,047 1,056 994 990 1,072
Restrained 389 394 350 376 488 484 488 448 514 505
Unrestrained (C-4) 422 368 377 363 411 472 464 441 385 465
Unknown 67 67 85 56 109 91 104 105 91 102
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities (BAC=.08+)** (C-5) 271 295 296 279 358 378 357 379 355 402
Speeding-Related Fatalities (C-6) 220 180 197 213 268 266 248 268 260 380
Motorcyclist Fatalities Total (C-7) 150 134 116 137 152 172 139 154 170 192
Helmeted 133 125 107 124 138 154 119 134 151 167
Unhelmeted (C-8) 15 8 5 8 10 9 18 16 15 18
Unknown 2 1 4 5 4 9 2 4 4 7
Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes Total 1,689 1,676 1,621 1,622 2,043 2,154 2,283 2,149 2,184 2,365
Aged Under 15 6 4 0 4 3 6 6 0 3 4
Aged 15-20 159 154 156 145 165 182 188 192 169 206
Aged Under 21 (C-9) 165 158 156 149 168 188 194 192 172 210
Aged 21 and Over 1,495 1,499 1,442 1,448 1,838 1,925 2,067 1,908 1,955 2,101
Unknown Age 29 19 23 25 37 41 22 49 57 54
Pedestrian Fatalities (C-10) 130 167 176 163 194 232 253 262 236 279
Bicyclist and Other Cyclist Fatalities**** (C-11) 14 17 28 19 23 29 15 30 21 32
Observed Seat Belt Use*** (B-1) 93.0 92.0 95.5 97.3 97.3 97.2 97.1 96.3 95.9 95.9

 

Fatality Rates: Georgia , U.S. and Best State

Year Fatalities Total Vehicle Miles
Traveled (Millions)
Fatalities Per 100 Million
Vehicle Miles Traveled
Total Population Fatalities Per 100,000
Population
2016 Georgia 1,556 122,802 1.27 10,308,442 15.09
US 37,806 3,173,815 1.19 323,071,755 11.70
Best State* 0.63 3.93
2017 Georgia 1,540 124,733 1.23 10,417,031 14.78
US 37,473 3,210,248 1.17 325,122,128 11.53
Best State* 0.55 4.45
2018 Georgia 1,505 131,456 1.14 10,519,389 14.31
US 36,835 3,240,327 1.14 326,838,199 11.27
Best State* 0.53 4.40
2019 Georgia 1,492 133,128 1.12 10,628,020 14.04
US 36,355 3,261,772 1.11 328,329,953 11.07
Best State* 0.52 3.25
2020 Georgia 1,664 115,967 1.43 10,710,017 15.54
US 38,824 2,903,622 1.34 329,484,123 11.78
Best State* 0.63 4.98

 

 

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities**:
Georgia , U.S. and Best State

Year Total Fatalities
in all Crashes
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities (BAC
= .08+)
Number Percent Per 100 Million
VMT
2016 Georgia 1,556 378 24 0.31
US 37,806 10,967 29 0.35
Best State* 19 0.16
2017 Georgia 1,540 357 23 0.29
US 37,473 10,880 29 0.34
Best State* 19 0.14
2018 Georgia 1,505 379 25 0.29
US 36,835 10,710 29 0.33
Best State* 19 0.16
2019 Georgia 1,492 355 24 0.27
US 36,355 10,196 28 0.31
Best State* 15 0.12
2020 Georgia 1,664 402 24 0.35
US 38,824 11,654 30 0.40
Best State* 21 0.18

 

Fatalities
per 100 Million VMT

 

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities
per 100 Million VMT

 

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Reporting Rates
For Drivers/Motorcycle Rider (Operators)
Involved in Fatal Crashes:
Georgia , U.S. and Best State

Year Surviving Drivers/Motorcycle Rider Killed Drivers/Motorcycle Rider Total Drivers/Motorcycle Rider
Total With Blood Alcohol Concentration
(BAC) Results Reported to FARS
Total With Blood Alcohol Concentration
(BAC) Results Reported to FARS
Total With Blood Alcohol Concentration
(BAC) Results Reported to FARS
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
2016 Georgia 1,113 255 23 1,041 645 62 2,154 900 42
US 28,684 7,486 26 23,715 16,924 71 52,399 24,410 47
Best State* 88 96 87
2017 Georgia 1,276 245 19 1,007 553 55 2,283 798 35
US 28,995 7,329 25 23,757 17,001 72 52,752 24,330 46
Best State* 93 94 89
2018 Georgia 1,197 247 21 952 513 54 2,149 760 35
US 28,860 7,161 25 23,045 15,921 69 51,905 23,082 44
Best State* 80 93 83
2019 Georgia 1,219 242 20 965 482 50 2,184 724 33
US 28,555 6,914 24 22,747 15,446 68 51,302 22,360 44
Best State* 86 93 82
2020 Georgia 1,311 192 15 1,054 458 43 2,365 650 27
US 29,103 6,392 22 24,787 14,296 58 53,890 20,688 38
Best State* 81 98 85

 

Daytime Front Seat (Outboard Only) Passenger Vehicle Occupants, Aged 5 and Over, by Restraint Use:
Fatalities and Observed
Georgia , U.S. and Best State

Year Fatalities – Restrained** Observed – Restrained***
Percent Percent
2016 Georgia 57 97.2
US 61 90.1
Best State* 100 97.2
2017 Georgia 61 97.1
US 61 89.7
Best State* 100 97.1
2018 Georgia 59 96.3
US 62 89.6
Best State* 100 97.8
2019 Georgia 66 95.9
US 62 90.7
Best State* 80 97.1
2020 Georgia 63 95.9
US 57 90.3
Best State* 72 97.1

Daytime Front Seat (Outboard Only)
Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities
Aged 5 and Over, by Percent Restraint Use*

 

Daytime Front Seat (Outboard Only)
Passenger Vehicle Occupants Observed
Aged 5 and Over, by Percent Restraint Use**

 

Georgia Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities Age 5 and Above
by Restraint Use and Lives Saved Estimates

Year Fatalities Age 5 and Above* Lives Saved Estimates**
Total Restrained Unrestrained Unknown Restraint
Use
Percent Known Restrained* Lives Saved at Current
Belt Use
Potential Additional
Lives Savable at
100% Usage
2016 1,032 472 471 89 50 624 31
2017 1,044 476 464 104 51 648 34
2018 979 438 436 105 50
2019 977 505 382 90 57
2020 1,037 487 449 101 52
Georgia Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities Age 4 and Under
by Restraint Use and Lives Saved Estimates

Year Fatalities Age 4 and Under* Lives Saved Estimates**
Total Restrained Unrestrained Unknown Restraint
Use
Percent Known Restrained* Lives Saved at Current
Seat Belt and Child
Safety Seat Usage
2016 14 11 1 2 92 20
2017 12 12 0 0 100 16
2018 15 10 5 0 67
2019 13 9 3 1 75
2020 17 11 5 1 69

 

Georgia Motorcyclist Fatalities
by Helmet Use and Lives Saved Estimates

Year Fatalities Lives Saved Estimates**
Total Helmeted Unhelmeted Unknown Helmet Use Percent Known Helmeted* Lives Saved at Current
Helmet Use
Additional Lives
Savable at 100% Helmet
Usage
2016 172 154 9 9 94 96 4
2017 139 119 18 2 87 72 6
2018 154 134 16 4 89
2019 170 151 15 4 91
2020 192 167 18 7 90
Georgia Fatalities by Person Type

Person Type 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number Percent* Number Percent* Number Percent* Number Percent* Number Percent*
Occupants Passenger Car 584 38 557 36 541 36 550 37 602 36
Light Truck – Pickup 212 14 234 15 215 14 190 13 230 14
Light Truck – Utility 210 13 217 14 193 13 194 13 214 13
Light Truck – Van 39 3 46 3 44 3 54 4 25 2
Light Truck – Other 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
Large Truck 37 2 46 3 34 2 31 2 40 2
Bus 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Other/Unknown Occupants 31 2 22 1 25 2 28 2 48 3
Total Occupants 1,119 72 1,127 73 1,054 70 1,050 70 1,160 70
Motorcyclists Total Motorcyclists 172 11 139 9 154 10 170 11 192 12
Nonoccupants Pedestrian 232 15 253 16 262 17 236 16 279 17
Bicyclist and Other Cyclist 29 2 15 1 30 2 21 1 32 2
Other/Unknown Nonoccupants 4 0 6 0 5 0 15 1 1 0
Total Nonoccupants 265 17 274 18 297 20 272 18 312 19
Total Total 1,556 100 1,540 100 1,505 100 1,492 100 1,664 100
Georgia Fatalities by Crash Type
Crash Type 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total Fatalities (All Crashes)* 1,556 1,540 1,505 1,492 1,664
– (1) Single Vehicle 857 823 836 751 868
– (2) Involving a Large Truck 203 228 192 204 234
– (3) Involving Speeding 266 248 268 260 380
– (4) Involving a Rollover 402 362 319 314 416
– (5) Involving a Roadway Departure 849 770 765 706 831
– (6) Involving an Intersection (or Intersection Related) 363 402 334 394 370
Georgia Motorcyclist Fatalities by Age
Year Age Total
<20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 >59
2016 10 34 35 27 35 31 172
2017 9 41 22 22 26 19 139
2018 6 44 31 24 28 21 154
2019 7 42 37 27 31 26 170
2020 10 46 46 39 34 17 192

 

Georgia Motorcyclist Fatalities Per 100,000 Registered Motorcycles
Year Motorcyclist Fatalities Total Motorcycle
Registrations*
Motorcyclist
Fatalities
Per 100,000
Motorcycle
Registrations
2016 172 202,391 84.98
2017 139 203,922 68.16
2018 154 203,968 75.50
2019 170 203,985 83.34
2020 192 207,657 92.46
Georgia Fatalities by Person Type and Race/Hispanic Origin1
Person Type by Race/Hispanic Origin1 2016 2017 2018 2019
Occupants (All Vehicle Types) Hispanic 58 63 72 72
White Non-Hispanic 654 678 609 597
Black, Non-Hispanic 326 382 363 372
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 1 1 1
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 14 11 19 17
Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 0 1
Multiple Races, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 1 1
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 4 6 6 6
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 235 125 137 153
Total 1,291 1,266 1,208 1,220
Non-Occupants
(Pedestrians, Pedalcyclists and
Other/Unknown NonOccupants)
Hispanic 18 22 23 19
White Non-Hispanic 82 113 125 84
Black, Non-Hispanic 115 105 121 132
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 1 0 1 0
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 8 3 4 1
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 1 2 0 2
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 40 29 23 34
Total 265 274 297 272
Total Hispanic 76 85 95 91
White Non-Hispanic 736 791 734 681
Black, Non-Hispanic 441 487 484 504
American Indian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 1 1 2 1
Asian, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 22 14 23 18
Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 0 1
Multiple Races, Non-Hispanic/Unknown 0 0 1 1
All Other Non-Hispanic or Race 5 8 6 8
Unknown Race and Unknown Hispanic 275 154 160 187
Total 1,556 1,540 1,505 1,492
5 Year Trend For The Top 10 Counties of 2020 – Fatalities
Georgia Counties by 2020 Ranking Fatalities Percent of Total
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 Fulton County 130 115 131 144 145 8 7 9 10 9
2 Dekalb County 80 95 108 79 92 5 6 7 5 6
3 Cobb County 59 53 57 67 85 4 3 4 4 5
4 Gwinnett County 61 66 62 61 57 4 4 4 4 3
5 Clayton County 48 32 45 51 49 3 2 3 3 3
6 Chatham County 44 29 37 30 34 3 2 2 2 2
7 Bibb County 28 34 33 35 33 2 2 2 2 2
8 Liberty County 8 14 7 8 32 1 1 0 1 2
9 Hall County 31 31 24 20 30 2 2 2 1 2
10 Richmond County 17 32 23 26 30 1 2 2 2 2
Sub Total 1.* Top Ten Counties 534 519 548 541 587 34 34 36 36 35
Sub Total 2.** All Other Counties 1,022 1,021 957 951 1,077 66 66 64 64 65
Total All Counties 1,556 1,540 1,505 1,492 1,664 100 100 100 100 100
5 Year Trend For The Top 10 Counties of 2020 – Fatalities Year to Year Percent Change
Georgia Counties by 2020 Ranking Fatalities Percent Change From Previous Year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 Fulton County 130 115 131 144 145 -12 14 10 1
2 Dekalb County 80 95 108 79 92 19 14 -27 16
3 Cobb County 59 53 57 67 85 -10 8 18 27
4 Gwinnett County 61 66 62 61 57 8 -6 -2 -7
5 Clayton County 48 32 45 51 49 -33 41 13 -4
6 Chatham County 44 29 37 30 34 -34 28 -19 13
7 Bibb County 28 34 33 35 33 21 -3 6 -6
8 Liberty County 8 14 7 8 32 75 -50 14 300
9 Hall County 31 31 24 20 30 0 -23 -17 50
10 Richmond County 17 32 23 26 30 88 -28 13 15
Sub Total 1.* Top Ten Counties 534 519 548 541 587 -3 6 -1 9
Sub Total 2.** All Other Counties 1,022 1,021 957 951 1,077 -0 -6 -1 13
Total All Counties 1,556 1,540 1,505 1,492 1,664 -1 -2 -1 12
5 Year Trend For The Top 10 Counties of 2020 – Fatality Rates
Median Rate for all U.S. Counties: 17.68
Georgia Counties by 2020 Ranking Fatalities Per 100,000 Population
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 Taliaferro County 61.88 62.03 310.56 64.56 192.06
2 Baker County 62.79 63.33 0.00 65.64 100.98
3 Macon County 14.83 52.81 53.22 30.93 94.40
4 Wilkinson County 55.43 44.68 11.10 67.14 79.44
5 Warren County 93.37 57.00 38.26 76.63 76.45
6 Glascock County 67.20 0.00 33.69 0.00 67.02
7 Lincoln County 25.45 0.00 25.23 12.55 62.26
8 Seminole County 47.48 0.00 72.59 24.72 62.03
9 Jeff Davis County 26.75 19.96 26.64 19.87 59.16
10 Hancock County 23.14 35.11 59.92 59.00 58.87
Sub Rate 1.* Top Ten Counties 72.55 61.44 69.14 60.55 74.25
Sub Rate 2.** All Other Counties 14.73 14.39 13.82 13.65 15.13
Total Rate All Counties 15.09 14.78 14.31 14.04 15.54
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