A new study puts safety on Georgia highways on shaky ground. The study by The Road Information Program, or TRIP, shows there's not enough room for the overflow of traffic on the roads, making it dangerous for drivers.
About 1,500 people were killed on Georgia highways annually in the last five years. A study by The Road Information Program shows this is because of too much traffic on the roads.
William Walden, Jr., a Georgia motorist, says, "To live, the cost of property is so cheap, therefore you’re going to have a huge migration of people moving here and they need to prepare the highways."
Traffic has increased 57 percent since 1990, but the study shows there's only been a five percent increase in new lanes on highways.
Despite the increase in population, Georgia is well below the national average for funding highway improvements. That's mostly because Georgia motorists spend less on gas taxes and other fees for that purpose.
On average, Georgians waste 40 hours a year in traffic, but this has not deterred Georgia motorists.
Maxie and Buddy Skipper, frequent travelers in Georgia, say, "You've got to get use to it and fight with the rest of them."
Maxie adds, “But I don't like that he's going 85 miles, he says you got to go that fast or you get ran over,"
"It's a problem you can take care of it now, at least make the preparation to take care of it now by using demographics and seeing what they can do. Later on it's going to be hectic to deal with," adds William Walden, Jr.
The state is reacting to the problem. There is a bill up for debate in the General Assembly to build high occupancy toll lanes on interstates. It has passed in the House and is waiting for approval in the Senate.