Driving and using Waze maps application on smartphone on car dashboard.
Heavy construction around the interchanges for GA-400 and I-285 has resulted in confused drivers, and even increased risk. Because of this, Sandy Springs authorities announced this week that they’re partnering with Waze for Cities in order to provide live updates and advance warnings to drivers about road closures, heavy delays and other traffic issues that can lead to stress during the construction. These updates can be accessed by area drivers via the Waze GPS traffic app. As explained by Waze, the Waze for Cities(W4C) program — formerly known as Connected Citizens Program(CCP) — allows city governments and citizens to “exchange publicly available incident and road closure reports, enabling our government partners to respond more immediately to accidents and congestion on their roads.” According to a representative of the Sandy Springs Police Department, the confusion at the interchange has led to an increase in road rage incidents, which are a common cause of accidents or even assaults. Road rage is a series of risky driving behaviors committed in order to punish other drivers. Common examples of road rage include tailgating, attempting to block another vehicle from turning or passing, honking or gesturing at other drivers, getting out of a vehicle to physically confront another driver, or even attempting to ram a vehicle off the road or threatening another driver with a weapon. The Georgia Department of Transportation notes that more than 17,000 accidents occur in the state’s construction work zones each year, resulting in more than 5,000 injuries to construction workers and motorists and about two dozen fatalities. If you have been injured as a result of a traffic accident that was caused by road rage or occurred within a work zone, the experienced legal team at Cambre & Associates can help you understand the process for obtaining compensation for your injury. Contact us for your free case evaluation.