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Catching Drunk Drivers in North Carolina

This week, law enforcement officers in North Carolina are taking part in an interstate crackdown on drunk driving. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida will be taking part in the 24th annual "Hands Across The Border" campaign. There will be various checkpoints near all of these states' borders, and law enforcement officers will be looking for drunk drivers and other offenders. 

Increase in Deadly Crashes on NC Roads

Recent research from the National Safety Council suggests that roadways in North Carolina have become more deadly and dangerous over the past six months. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the number of people killed in traffic crashes in North Carolina has spiked 19 percent, while the national average has only gone up 14 percent. They also report that fatal wrecks have increased in Western North Carolina, and across the state. Ken Ulmer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reports that more people on the roads combined with gas prices could have contributed to the increase.

Move Over, It's The Law

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Move Over, It's The Law" Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of moving over for law enforcement officers and other roadside workers. Public safety officials risk their lives on the roads in North Carolina and across the nation everyday, and motorists need to move over when they see flashing lights.

Fatal Crash on Smokey Park Highway

On Monday night, two people were killed in a crash on Smokey Park Highway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this Buncombe County head-on collision happened sometime before 9:00 p.m., in the 1500 block of Smokey Park Highway, near the Bojangles. For currently unknown reasons, a Chevrolet pickup truck pulled into the path of an oncoming antique Ford pickup truck. Davie McClure, 84 years old, and his wife Mattie were in the antique truck at the time of the crash. They both died as a result of their injuries.

One-Vehicle Crash in Henderson County

On Wednesday afternoon, a girl was ejected from a vehicle during a one-car crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on East Blue Ridge Road. For currently unknown reasons, the automobile left the roadway, went into a ditch, hit a culvert and then went airborne. At the time of the crash, there were four people in the car, including two children. 

Deadly Crash on I-40

On Sunday, a one-vehicle crash took the life of an Asheville woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-40. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the sole occupant of the car, 21-year-old Patricia Joyce Terbeek, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the automobile drifted across three lanes. The car grazed a sign, rotated and flipped. Terbeek was ejected from the car.

Speeding in Asheville

Residents in a Fairview neighborhood are concerned about speeding drivers this summer. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Spring Lake Drive, a dead-end road in a residential area, is notorious for speeders. Although the speed limit is posted at 25 miles per hour and there is also a "Children at Play" sign, drivers routinely speed through the area. One family recalled a near miss involving a speeding and possibly distracted driver. With school out, families are hoping to walks around the neighborhood safely with their children. At least one concerned citizen has raised the issue with local law enforcement, although we understand her phone calls haven't been returned.

NHTSA's Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released a summer-themed consumer safety advisory. Road trips are a popular choice for summer vacations, and the NHTSA wants motorists to be prepared for safe and successful trips.  Since nothing can ruin a family vacation faster than being stranded on the side of the highway, the NHTSA is encouraging drivers to get their automobiles fully serviced before hitting the road this summer.

Blue Ridge Parkway Crash

At least two people were injured in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-vehicle crash occurred near the Folk Art Center in Buncombe County. For currently unknown reasons, an SUV left the roadway, and went about 25 feet down an embankment. Although this wasn't an area well known for crashes, Thad Lewis, Riceville Fire Department Chief, was quick to point out that drivers need to be cautious, especially with more motorcycle riders taking to the roadways. 

Drive to Live 2015

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.

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