In the early morning hours on Saturday, a motorcyclist from Ashville was killed in a crash on Taft Avenue. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened just before 2:00 a.m. The rider, 41-year-old Charles Thomas Miller, was on a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja at the time of the wreck.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) has recently issued a press release about the Highway Patrol's upcoming operation "Drive to Live 2015." This safety initiative is aimed at raising awareness for teen-driver safety and reducing teen-driver related injury-causing collisions and deaths. The operation is being kicked off on April 20 and will be running from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., every day for a week. During the Drive to Live 2015 operation, troopers will be increasing traffic safety law enforcement around the state's schools. Additionally, they will be conducting traffic safety education programs at various high schools before school lets out for the year.
On Tuesday morning, a Tribal transportation worker in Cherokee was killed in a head-on collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13 , the crash happened at about 8:00 a.m. on Highway 19, near the Birdtown area. For currently unknown reasons, the Tribal Department of Transportation (DOT) truck collided with a Dodge SUV head-on.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the entire month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be running television, radio and web public service announcements about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the country will also be stepping up enforcement efforts.