The cost of car dependency in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports some sobering stats from AAA’s “Crashes vs. Congestion – What’s the Cost to Society?” publication.

…metro Atlanta’s car crashes cost the area $10.8 billion, or $1,979 per person, in 2009. The report also noted 498 deaths and 62,263 injuries related to car crashes in metro Atlanta.

In one year, car crashes cost each of us $1,979 and took 498 lives in our metro. That’s something to consider when debating 1.) expansions to alternative transit and 2.) the development of walkable neighborhoods.

Photo by John Spink for the AJC