Residents on Georgia’s freeways deserve to feel safe. While public health officials seek to lower the rate of car crash fatalities, the U.S. is still one of the leaders in car wreck deaths.

U.S. News explains that car crash death rates tend to drop when common-sense laws enter the equation. After all, the U.S. has seen a drop in car accident fatalities since the enforcement of seatbelt laws and stricter DUI laws.

Why is the death rate in the United States so high? While some say that it is difficult to compare the U.S. to other countries, the driving fatality statistics are adjusted based on population size.

Alcohol

31 percent of all driving fatalities occur because of alcohol. Alcohol is a major contributor when it comes to driving deaths. When evaluated, America was the second-highest when it came to alcohol-impaired fatalities. In the U.S., if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent or above, you are legally intoxicated.

Speeding

Americans like to drive fast. When compared to other countries, Americans are among the top eight. About 29 percent of all car accident fatalities involve speeding in some way. In other countries, such as Sweden, speed cameras can help to deter drivers from speeding. This has proven to lower the crash death rate.

Seatbelts

In the U.S., there are still a lot of passengers and drivers that do not buckle up when the car is in motion. Seatbelts are imperative to passenger safety. Yet, only about 87 percent of all drivers use a seatbelt. Backseat passengers use seatbelts even less. Only 13 out of 18 passengers use a seatbelt.