If the remainder of the year has the same number of car accidents as the first half, Oconee County will actually see a slight increase in wrecks compared to 2018, despite Georgia adopting the Hands Free Law in 2018.
The Hands Free Law made holding a cell phone while driving illegal.
The number of vehicular accidents in Oconee have actually increased every year since 2012, according to data provided by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office
There were 2,366 wrecks in 2018; 2,326 in 2017; 2,167 in 2016; 1,993 in 2015; 1,729 in 2014; 1,531 in 2013; and 1,485 in 2012.
Based on past location data, the Oconee Connector and Epps Bridge areas are where most of the wrecks occur.
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