North Carolina residents might be interested in learning that an annual safety inspection blitz ended on June 8. It was targeted at commercial trucks and started on June 6.
North Carolina parents who are concerned about the safety of their children on the road may be interested in the results of a recent study on motor vehicle accidents involving child fatalities. According to a joint study conducted by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University, auto accident fatalities in children under the age of 15 tend to occur more in the South. Crashes on rural roads as well as unused or improperly used restraints are common factors in the deaths.
Advances in technology have allowed for office-based businessmen to hit the road, parents to track the whereabouts of children and a wider choice in entertainment. However, advances have also resulted in an epidemic of distracted driving in North Carolina and across the country. According to some analysts, defensive driving basics are all undercut by technology that takes attention away from the road.
Most people do not think of tiredness as risky. People who would never get behind the wheel after having a drink think nothing of driving when short on sleep. They would be surprised to learn that, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is not much difference between these two behaviors.
On Feb. 10, a 31-year-old North Carolina woman was killed in a car accident after she struck a school bus and then collided with a tree. There were five individuals on board the school bus at the time of the crash. None of them were seriously injured, according to authorities.
A 10-year-old North Carolina boy was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Feb. 12. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. in Pitt County, according to authorities.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that a woman has been charged with running a stop sign after hitting a school bus in Pitt County on Feb. 21. The accident caused a minor injury to an elementary school student. The incident occurred at the intersection of Staton House Road and Daughtridge Drive near Greenville at approximately 3:10 p.m.
An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey has found that 88 percent of drivers who are aged 19 to 24 years admitted to exhibiting dangerous driving behaviors during the previous month. North Carolina drivers who are concerned about road safety should know that the risky behavior included running red lights, speeding and texting while driving.
In the United States, traffic fatalities are on the rise. The group Advocates for Highway Safety has released a report on traffic safety that includes rankings of individual states based on their traffic laws. North Carolina ranked yellow in the color-coded ranking system, meaning it needs improvement in safe traffic laws. Only five states and D.C. ranked in the green, or very, safe range while 17 states received danger-zone ratings of red.
North Carolina motorists are aware that they shouldn't drink and drive. Many of them also probably know they shouldn't drive while distracted, such as talking or sending text messages on a cellphone or texting someone. Unfortunately, however, many of these drivers may not hesitate to get behind the wheel when they're sleepy, but doing so could result in the same disastrous consequences.