Atlanta is a metropolis that sees many daily commuters, some driving for an hour or more to and from work each day. Atlanta ranks number 14 in a list of the worst cities for rush hour traffic. According to the list, commuters in Atlanta spend an average of 30.4 minutes commuting to work and an average of 59 hours per year commuting. An outstanding 89.3% of workers commute and the lack of public transportation in outlying areas means that more people drive themselves to work. PR Newswire reports that Fridays are the deadliest day to drive to work, and smaller counties, including some in Georgia, are the deadliest.
A new Value Penguin report found that when it comes to the deadliest time for a commute, Friday proved more accident prone than Monday. Of the 8,725 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2017, Friday commutes took the largest share at 17%.
Of the 10 deadliest counties for commuters on the list, half were large counties located in Florida. However, the raw numbers indicate that the smaller counties are the deadliest for commuters.
Small counties that have populations of between 10,000 and 100,000 had a fatality rate of 12.7%, which is 83 percent higher than the national average. This finding is corroborated by data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows the fatality rate in rural areas was 2.6 times higher than the fatality rate in urban areas.
Cobb County, Georgia was one of the counties listed that showed the highest jump in fatality rates. Early County, Georgia ranked number 2 on the list of the 50 deadliest counties for commuters. Macon County came in at number eight. In all, seven Georgia counties made the list.
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