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April 2014 Archives

Mandatory Vehicle Back-up Cameras

Each week, at least 50 children are backed over by vehicles across the country. On average, two of those children die, and 48 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the rear visibility technology that will be required in all new vehicles beginning in 2018. Mandatory rear visibility technology has been a priority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a long time. Research shows that rear visibility technology can effectively save lives and reduce the number of backover crashes that happen each year. Backup cameras and sensors have been optional upgrades for a variety or larger trucks and SUV's for a couple of years, but in 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds will be outfitted with this technology. 

Motorcycle Safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway

WLOS ABC Channel 13 News has recently reported on the important topic of motorcycle safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway. As warmer weather moves in, more motorcycle riders are taking to the beautiful roadway. Riders are encouraged to improve their safety with helmets, protective gear and high-visibility clothing. Most importantly, automobile drivers need to share the road with motorcycle riders. 

I-40 Tanker Truck Crash

On Monday afternoon, a tanker truck overturned on I-40 in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near mile marker six at about 3:00 p.m. For unknown reasons, the tanker truck, hauling sodium chlorite, overturned on the roadway. There is no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved. I-40 had to be shut down as HAZMAT crews and officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked the scene. No information has been released on the cause of this wreck. 

Activity Bus Wreck in Henderson County

Last week, a wreck involving an activity bus happened in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the crash happened just after 9:00 a.m. on Asheville Highway. First responders with Mountain Home Fire Department were swiftly on the scene, since the crash happened close to their station. Apparently the activity bus, transporting children, rear-ended another vehicle. 

Operation Slow Down

It's no secret that speeding is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but motorists in North Carolina and across the U.S. are still driving too fast. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is cracking down on speeding offenders and other dangerous drivers this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, State Troopers are going to be out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers. "Operation Slow Down" will run until Sunday, April 20th. State Troopers will be utilizing unmarked and marked patrol vehicles to catch speeders on highways and interstates across North Carolina. According to The Dispatch, over 19,581 citations were issued for a variety of traffic violations during last year's Operation Slow Down. 

Fatal One-Car Crash in Mars Hill

On Tuesday morning, a crash in Mars Hill took the life of a paraplegic passenger. The car he was riding in was headed west on Bull Creek Road, when the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The car left the roadway and ended up in a ditch. Sadly, the victim, 24-year-old Wesley Coates, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in this wreck. 

Charges Filed in Fatal Moped Crash

Charges have been filed in a crash that took the life of a moped rider in Asheville last month. Graham Shepley was riding his moped on Patton Avenue at Mimosa Drive when he was struck by Dimitry Stynka. The crash, which happened on March 21st, occurred when Stynka was making a left turn. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, Stynka told police that he didn't see the moped when he initially made the turn. Sadly, Shepley was pronounced dead at the scene. Stynka was charged with two misdemeanors, death by vehicle and failure to yield to a left turn. 

North Carolina is 10th Most Dangerous State for Cyclists

WLOS ABC Channel 13 News just reported on the disturbing fact that North Carolina was recently ranked the 10th most dangerous state or cyclists. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011, North Carolina had 2.59 cyclist deaths per million people. Florida came in first place with 6.36 deaths per million people. 

Greenville Bans Distracted Driving

As of April 1st, distracted drivers who are caught in Greenville will be facing hefty fines. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the new distracted driving ban in Greenville. Community concern prompted the ban which was passed on February 10th. Hands-free devices will still be allowed, but drivers should note that the ordinance says "The act of touching a mobile device, whether it is being hand held or not, to text message is never considered hands free." 

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