St. Augustine Road-Norman Drive intersection tops crash report

Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization

VALDOSTA — An annual crash report has picked out the most dangerous driving spots in Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Inside Valdosta, the intersection of St. Augustine Road and Norman Drive had more crashes — 208 — than anywhere else in the city from 2014-18, according to the annual crash report issued by the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization Thursday.

Other high-crash areas in Valdosta include North Valdosta Road and Country Club Drive (184 crashes), St. Augustine Road and Gornto Road (168), Inner Perimeter Road and Bemiss Road (160) and North Ashley Street and East Northside Drive (151).

In the county, the area around North Valdosta Road and Val Del Road/Old U.S. 41 North had the most crashes in that period with 95, the study showed.

Other high-crash areas in Lowndes include Bemiss Road and North Oak Street Extension/Mt. Zion Church Road (87 crashes), North Valdosta Road and Old U.S. 41 North (82), Lakes Boulevard and Mill Store Road (77) and North Valdosta Road and Coleman Road North (68), according to the study.

There were 81 fatal crashes in the metro Valdosta area from 2014-18, resulting in 91 deaths, the study showed. The annual number of fatal crashes in metro Valdosta increased steadily during the five-year period.

During that period, 1.15 percent of Georgia's fatal crashes and 1.12 percent of the fatalities took place in metro Valdosta, the study showed.

In the study's five-year range, there were 927 crashes in metro Valdosta in which there were "suspected serious" injuries, with a total of 1,620 people injured.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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