ATLANTA — Labor Day Weekend is approaching, bringing with it nearly the end of the summer season and the "100 Deadliest Days."
The weekend is one of the busiest days on the road, with drivers packing the highways for one final summer road trip. But those traveling on I-75 should take heed - the Interstate is the most dangerous one in the state, according to data compiled by A Secure Life.
The online safety and security consumer resource analyzed three years’ worth of traffic fatality reports - from 2015 to 2017 - to find out which roads had the highest number of fatal car crashes from May through September. All of the data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Georgia’s deadliest highway is I-75, with 111 deaths during the summer months. The No.2 and No.3 deadliest highways are I-20 with 55 deaths I-16 with 35 deaths in the same time frame, respectively.
Florida has the state road with the highest number of traffic fatalities during this time period, according to the research. There were 160 deaths on I-10 during summertime in 2015, 2016, and 2017. That’s the most on a single road on the entire list.
Meanwhile, I-95 - which runs through Georgia - is a top three deadliest summer highway in eight different states.
According to the findings, higher speed limits play a major role in increased traffic fatalities. And according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety vice president for research Charles Farmer, “Driving 70 instead of 65 saves a driver at best 6½ minutes on a 100-mile trip.”
Time of day also is a factor in the number of fatalities - with Sunday at 2 a.m. being the deadliest time.
For the full list of the deadliest highways in each state, click here.