Barrow County might have had metro Atlanta’s highest traffic fatality rate from 2006-2008, but both wrecks and fatalities have dropped precipitously since then. The Atlanta Regional Commission soon will release its crash reports for each of the 18 counties in the region. Barrow’s report will say it had more than 5,014 wrecks on local roads during the study period and 36 fatalities.
But according to data from the Georgia State Patrol and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, this county had 20 percent fewer crashes and 36 percent fewer fatalities in the years since the ARC’s study period.
The numbers have improved so much that the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety informed both the Winder Police Department and the sheriff’s office that its departments would not qualify this year for $20,000 grants under the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic program. The money helps pay the salaries of officers who target drunk or aggressive drivers.
For the full story, see the April 18 issue of the Barrow Journal.