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Effingham County Fatal Accidents Up

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Since 2011 the number of fatal wrecks in Effingham County has gone up. Effingham County Sheriff's Office Spokesman, David Ehsanipoor, said in 2011 there were seven fatalities, in 2012 there were eight, and so far this year there are 16 fatalities.

Just this past week there's been two fatal accidents. On Thursday, a fiery crash on Georgia 17 at Marlow Road killed three brothers and a crash on Monday at Old Augusta Road at Fort Howard killed a 21-year-old man.

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said the mix of speed and not paying attention behind the wheel is causing some of these tragedies.

In a blink of an eye a drive down Marlow Road turned to tragedy for three brothers.

"I know they were over the speed limit on Marlow road, It's a 35 mph speed zone, the rough estimates we calculated they were doing somewhere around 50 to 55 before impact," said Sheriff McDuffie.

Sheriff McDuffie said that intersection is clearly marked with a stop sign and isn't prone to many crashes.

"Everybody is in a rush. We are all trying to get somewhere quick, and we are all running late trying to get there, and we are not paying attention to our roads, highway, and other people as much as we should do," said Sheriff McDuffie.

A different type of intersection is at the latest fatal crash site at Fort Howard and Old Augusta Road but the stop sign is in plain view.

"Most of the wrecks that we see, that actual impact is only about 35 to 40 mph, and people can walk away from that. When you get into higher speeds is where you get into a mess," said Sheriff McDuffie.

Sheriff McDuffie said he's made it his mission to educate and enforce the traffic rules but he needs help from drivers to follow them.

"The person behind the steering wheel has got to be responsible. You can only make a road so safe but if people aren't paying attention to what they are doing you are going to have the same type of incident over and over," said Sheriff McDuffie.

The sheriff said the top three most dangerous intersections in the county are Midland Road at Blue Jay Road, Blue Jay Road at Georgia 17, and Courthouse Road at Midland Road.

The sheriff's office is looking at stop signs that have LED lights around them to see if that would be a good option to add along those three areas.

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