Residents in an Asheville neighborhood have concerns about safety involving a new on-street parking policy. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the new staggered parking policy on Fairfax Avenue was implemented in efforts to slow the traffic down in the residential area. At least one resident is worried that the staggered parking will slow down first responders who may have difficulty navigating swiftly through the street.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has recently released their list of citations issued over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 just reported on the various traffic citations that were issued over the busy holiday weekend. Across the state, the most cited offence was not drunk driving but driver's license violations. Listed below are the types and number of citations issued over the Independence Day weekend. This particular public safety campaign did not include statistics for speeding, because most of these citations were issued at traffic checkpoint locations.
Late on Sunday night, a driver was injured in a Lake Toxaway crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Silversteen Road, sometime after 10:00 p.m. The driver reportedly ran off of the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree. Very few details about this crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that speed could have been a factor.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release regarding preliminary car crash data from 2015. According to the NHTSA, there was a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people were killed in car crashes in 2015. That's up from the 32,675 deaths reported in 2014. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was quick to point out that every American should be able to drive, ride or walk to their destinations safely. At this time, the NHTSA is analyzing the data to determine how and why there was such an increase in car crash fatalities last year.