It really doesn’t matter if you are trained to drive safely and help make our streets, roads and highways safer. No matter who you are and regardless of what you do to earn a living, distracted driving causes motor vehicle crashes that can involve serious injuries and deaths.
If you drive due west of Raleigh for about 70 miles, you’ll find yourself in Randolph County. The good news there is that no one was injured in a car crash on a recent weekday. More good news: there was no kidnapping either, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said.
It was just about the worst Christmas gift a person could receive. Back in 2014, a North Carolina state trooper was seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 40 caused by a bus driver. The wreck happened on Christmas Eve while the trooper was investigating a deadly Alamance County motor vehicle accident.
The laws of physics come into clear view when a car weighing several tons of metal, rubber and glass strikes a human made of flesh and blood. We see far too many pedestrian accidents in Raleigh, including a recent fatal one involving a 21-year-old woman.
At the start of a new year, it is often a good idea to look back at what went right and wrong over the past 12 months and at the same time look ahead to anticipate problems and work on solutions. One area in which Raleigh residents and people across the state have plenty of room for improvement is in traffic safety.
The new year began much as the old year ended: with violence and tragedy on the streets of North Carolina. A 19-year-old man who was the father of a 6-month-old baby boy was struck by several vehicles and killed early New Year’s Day in a hit-and-run crash, police said.
If you drive southeast of Raleigh for about three hours, you’ll come to Onslow County, North Carolina. The coastal area was recently the site of a pair of crashes that resulted in injuries and a fatality, news outlets reported.
If you drive about 90 miles northeast of Raleigh, you’ll come to Gaston. The small town was the site of a recent interstate highway crash that took the life of a 59-year-old man.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means turkey, stuffing, cranberries and family are just around the corner as well. Many Raleigh residents drive across town or to other North Carolina cities to get together with friends and loved ones.
Approximately 21 million Americans have a fear of flying, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates, with another 1.8 million suffering from agoraphobia or a fear of places from which escape might be difficult. In reality, flying is a very safe way to travel long distances and few people die trapped in an elevator or similarly enclosed spaces.