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August 2015 Archives

Cameras Catching School Bus Passing Violations

Thanks to the installation of cameras on the sides of school buses in Buncombe County, the rate of convictions for school bus passing violators has gone up from 25 to 50 percent. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, prior to the cameras, school bus drivers had to write down license plates, if they were able to. Even when passers were tracked down, conviction rates were incredibly low. Now that they have photographic evidence, violators are going to be held accountable for endangering the lives of children.

$2,500 in Scholarships for Local Students

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. is proud to announce their upcoming scholarship program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. We will be giving away $2,500 in the form of five $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be available to students and teachers at several public schools within the Asheville community. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must submit a plan to educate their peers and community members about the dangers associated with texting and driving. 

Child Hit by Car in Jackson County

On Sunday evening, a 12-year-old on a bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:00 p.m., on Old Cullowhee Road. The child, August Lusk, was on his brand new bicycle when he was hit by a black pickup truck. 

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.

Protecting Pedestrians in Asheville

Last year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) named Asheville the most dangerous city for pedestrians. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, as part of the "Watch for Me" safety campaign, officers with the Asheville Police Department are getting ready to launch an initiative to crack down on pedestrian violations across the city. Starting in September, they'll be ticketing jaywalkers. 

Wrong-Way Crash Involving Semi Trucks

On Monday night, a wrong-way crash involving multiple cars and two semi trucks sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40, near the Wiggins Road exit. Initial reports indicate that 42-year-old Kristen Williams got on I-40 going the wrong way. She was headed east in the westbound lanes. She struck a semi truck head-on, another semi truck and a pickup truck. Although Williams is listed in critical condition at the hospital, she has been charged with DWI. 

Henderson County Child Attacked by Dog

On Sunday, a two-year-old child in Henderson County was attacked by a dog. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened inside of a family home on Frankie Lane. Although they didn't own the dog, they did feed the stray husky mix the day prior to the attack. 

Catching Distracted Drivers

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.

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