Last week, there was a fatal one-car crash in a Rutherfordton neighborhood. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Poors Ford Road on Tuesday evening. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle left the roadway, overturned and crashed into a home. The SUV struck two people. James Hart and Marlene Daniel were neighbors who were in their yards at the time of the crash. Daniel was killed in the crash, and Hart was seriously injured.
On Thursday morning, there was a distracted driving crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Old Leicester Highway. Very little information has been released, but we do know that an SUV flipped over beside the roadway, and a passenger's limb was pinned under the wreckage for more than a half hour. First responders rushed to the scene, where they found that the driver had run off of the road and struck a pole before the vehicle overturned.
It's no secret that distracted driving has become a nationwide epidemic. Texting has become synonymous with distracted driving, but it's important to note that texting isn't the only type of distraction that can occur behind the wheel. Any task that takes your visual, manual or cognitive attention away from the road is a distraction. This can even include talking to additional passengers in the car. Drivers should also note that hands-free devices offer a false sense of security and haven't been shown to be substantially safer than handheld devices. Listed below are some common forms of distracted driving.
Some law enforcement officers have resorted to creative methods to catch distracted drivers. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, police officers in Marietta, Georgia are now dressing as construction workers at busy intersections to catch drivers who are texting and tweeting behind the wheel. The construction crew outfits gave police officers the ability to move through the intersections and glance into cars and trucks. It hasn't been easy for law enforcement officers to enforce texting-while-driving bans in the past, because it is so difficult to see what's actually going on in the driver's seat. This unconventional method allowed officers to see what was going on inside of vehicles.