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Old 11-06-2015, 01:10 PM
 
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Atlanta's I-285 Named Deadliest Interstate in America - Story | WAGA

The 10 deadliest interstates in America, mapped


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Interstate 285, Georgia

ACCIDENTS: 26
FATALS: 29
ACCIDENTS PER 10 MILES: 3.5
Stretching a little under 75 miles in Georgia, I-285 had 26 fatal accidents in 2013, while the state of Georgia reported 1,085 fatal accidents in total, making it the seventh worst state for fatal accidents.
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Georgia DOT is reporting that the number of roadway fatalities climbed to 1,166 in 2015, compared to 989 in 2014. Georgia is on pace to see its first increase in traffic-related deaths in 9 years.
Maybe this is the real reason ITP folks don't go OTP and vice versa.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Hundreds of millions of vehicles and hundreds of millions of people travel I-285 every year. And only 29 lost their lives? Doesn't sound to bad to me.

Within a span of 3 months this year, however, 15 people were killed in accidents on just a 20 mile stretch of I-16 outside Savannah, including those 5 Georgia Southern nurses. That gets my vote.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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I don't doubt it. The way people drive on 285 is ridiculous. Plus you have all those big rigs zooming along.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:55 PM
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I don't doubt it. The way people drive on 285 is ridiculous. Plus you have all those big rigs zooming along.
Its a 1970s-1980s design. Road is not designed for the traffic it handles. A lot of things could be done with merges and ramps that would vastly improve it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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Its a 1970s-1980s design. Road is not designed for the traffic it handles. A lot of things could be done with merges and ramps that would vastly improve it.
Yeah, like removing some of them.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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The view of the mass of cars and brake lights on I-285 West after the 85 interchange is literally amazing. It is astonishing that there are not more accidents with 7+ lanes of traffic trying to merge and switch lanes.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:28 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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Several studies are pointing to the explosion of cell phone usage and texting for the nationwide rise in fatalities. Since there has been no simultaneous explosion in drunk driving, that gets my vote too. Especially given what I see on a daily basis on the road.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Hah, you should try it on a motorcycle when you can see them texting and drifting....talk about advanced defensive driving! You have two choices, stay to right, low and slow or all the way to the left and fly making sure you are NEVER in a blind spot...gets your adrenaline up....scariest part? They still stay 50' or less off your rear. If you go down they are going to run right over you...always, always need a escape shoulder...
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:27 PM
 
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Glad we're putting a baseball stadium on 285 now.
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The view of the mass of cars and brake lights on I-285 West after the 85 interchange is literally amazing. It is astonishing that there are not more accidents with 7+ lanes of traffic trying to merge and switch lanes.
I am sure there are plenty of accidents, but fortunately fewer fatalities than I would have expected. Every time I get on 285, I feel like I'm taking life into my own hands.

I personally think the biggest problem is signage. Some of the signs inaccurate like those that tell you can exit in two lanes and it turns out only one actually goes to the exit. I especially dislike the entrance to 285 from Cobb Pkwy. The lane for 285 takes you to 75 S, the lane for 75 N takes you to 285, and the to get to 75 N at all, you have to merge into traffic on the left.

It's a mess. It's the freeway version of stopping to ask for directions and someone tells you to go make a left where the old Miller farm used to be.
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