Georgia DOT, Waze Partnering to Reduce Congestion, Improve Driver Safety
Posted on Aug 01, 2016
Georgia drivers frustrated with their commutes might want to download the popular traffic app, Waze, after the announcement of a new partnership last week. The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced a partnership with the traffic app to improve driver safety and reduce traffic congestion.
What is Waze?
Waze is a smartphone app that uses real-time driver input to identify slow moving traffic, road hazards, and accidents. Drivers and passengers can mark traffic incidents such as disabled vehicles or crashes along their route. The app relays the information to nearby drivers who can seek alternative routes or anticipate a slowdown.
While Waze relies on human input data, its creators are quick to point out that drivers should never use their phone and drive. The app works with Bluetooth hands-free devices.
The Waze-DOT Partnership
Through the new partnership, Waze will provide local data to the Georgia DOT for implementation into its 511 travel information system. In turn, the Georgia DOT will provide Waze with the most up-to-date information on construction and road closure data.
Through the power of crowdsourcing, Waze can do what Georgia DOT cannot — provide real-time traffic data. The partnership will allow the DOT to bring this real-time information to drivers without a smartphone or those who do not want to run the Waze app while driving. All drivers need to do is dial 5-1-1.
The data will also be useful for tracking long-term traffic patterns and identifying regular disruptions and problems. Using Waze's data, the Georgia DOT will see areas that regularly cause accidents or traffic congestion and work to develop new ways to alleviate those issues.
Improving Road Safety Across Georgia
The Waze partnership is not the only safety-minded plan in the works. Recently, Georgia DOT also entered into a partnership with Georgia Bikes and Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS). This partnership serves to improve cyclist safety across the state through better training for public transportation drivers and police officers, improved action plans for bicycle safety, and evaluations of dangerous roadways.
Take Action to Improve Your Safety on Georgia Roads
Using the Waze app safely is a great way to help contribute to safer Georgia roads. Be mindful of reported accidents and slowdowns and plan accordingly to get to your destination safely. Remember that even if you are not using Waze, you can call 5-1-1 and get the latest information on road closures, traffic slow-downs, and more from the Georgia DOT.
Even safe drivers can run into trouble when other drivers are negligent on our roads. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. is here to help injured Georgia residents seek justice for their damages through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
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