(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.
"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."
Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.
Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.