The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Halloween-themed anti-drunk driving campaign. Although Halloween can be a fun-filled family holiday with plenty of candy and costumes, it's not without risk on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation. According to the NHTSA, Halloween drunk-driving crash fatalities are on the rise. In 2011, there were 17 Halloween drunk-driving fatalities on U.S. roadways. In 2015, there were 55 deaths. The number of drunk driving fatalities on Halloween has been steadily increasing on an annual basis. This year, the NHTSA is reminding partygoers that buzzed driving is drunk driving too.
Last week, there was a fatal crash on Rock Hill Road in South Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Busbee View Road at about 5:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that an Acura automobile was headed north at a high rate of speed when it entered a curve and ran off of the roadway. The vehicle hit a boulder and flipped over. Two of occupants were not buckled up at the time of the crash, and they were both ejected. One person was killed in this crash, and two others were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries. Although this crash remains under investigation, alcohol is suspected to have been a factor.
On Monday, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officer was injured when a suspected drunk driver struck his vehicle. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened along the side of Interstate 95 near Fayetteville. At the time of the crash, the trooper was beside I-95 investigating another wreck. The suspected drunk driver slammed into his cruiser, which struck him and tossed him into the air. He landed on his back beside the roadway. The tow truck driver and another driver were also injured in the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, Independence Day holiday period is well known as a dangerous weekend on U.S. roadways. With an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be out in full force.
Last week, there was a fatal crash on Rosman Highway in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened on U.S. 64 (Rosman Highway) near the Sav-Mor, going toward Lake Toxaway, at about 1:11 p.m. A Ford F-250 truck, driven by 68-year-old Thomas Corbin McCall, was headed west when it crossed the centerline. It collided head-on with a Ford Escape. The driver in the Ford Escape, 61-year-old Mildred Elizabeth Norton, was killed in the crash. McCall was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and he was charged with DWI, misdemeanor death by vehicle and traveling left of center.
Law enforcement officials in Buncombe County just announced that the number of Driving While Impaired (DWI) arrests made over the New Year's holiday enforcement period was down from last year's numbers. Over the holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation were out in full force cracking down on drunk driving and other traffic safety violations. In addition to increased enforcement and patrols, there were also enhanced educational efforts to get the word out about safe transportation alternatives.
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.
Over the weekend, a one-vehicle crash on Charlotte Highway sent an Asheville man to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday afternoon. The driver, Christopher Love, was reportedly driving more than 100 miles per hour at the time of the wreck. He lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete wall. Love was ejected from the vehicle, and the most recent report has him listed in critical condition. Law enforcement officers have since charged him with DWI and other traffic violations.
On Saturday evening, a drunk driver in Alexander struck a tiny home off of Old Highway 20. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the crash destroyed the small house. Thankfully, nobody was in the house at the time of the wreck, and there were no major injuries reported. Although the driver involved said he swerved to miss an oncoming car, a neighbor's security camera caught the wreck on film. The footage showed that there was no oncoming car, and that the driver erratically swerved into the tiny house.
New Year's Eve is one of the more dangerous nights to be on roadways in North Carolina and across the United States. Celebrations full of alcoholic beverages and champagne toasts simultaneously end and slews of potentially buzzed and drunk drivers take to the roadways. While law enforcement plans to increase patrols and enforcement, the roadways are still going to be treacherous.