5:56 am October 25, 2010, by Henry Unger
AJC reporter Carrie Teegardin has an interesting story about the “corridor of death” — the South Georgia segment of I-75 leading to Florida’s beaches — and what’s being proposed to deal with it.
The stretch of road earned the name because people who get in car crashes in much of South Georgia are at least 50 miles from a trauma center – a hospital equipped to handle serious injuries, Teegardin writes.
Georgia voters will decide on Nov. 2 whether they want to add $10 to the cost of annual vehicle registrations to improve trauma services statewide. Hospitals, emergency services workers and public health officials say the $80 million that would be raised every year by passage of Amendment 2 is needed to save lives, Teegardin reports.
Georgia has 17 hospitals designated as trauma centers, short of the 25 to 30 centers that public health officials say the state needs, Teegardin writes.
Trauma-related injuries – usually the result of car crashes, falls and work accidents – are the leading cause of death among Georgians between the ages of 1 and 44, said William T. Moore, a member of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and president of Atlanta Medical Center.
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