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July 2016 Archives

Safety Concerns About Asheville Parking

Residents in an Asheville neighborhood have concerns about safety involving a new on-street parking policy. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the new staggered parking policy on Fairfax Avenue was implemented in efforts to slow the traffic down in the residential area. At least one resident is worried that the staggered parking will slow down first responders who may have difficulty navigating swiftly through the street.

Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Crash

On Saturday night, there was a motorcycle wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Mile Marker 405 and the Hominy Valley Overlook, sometime around 11:00 a.m. Although very few details about this motorcycle crash have been released, we do know that the rider was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, or if any other vehicles were involved in this apparent single-motorcycle wreck. Also, no information has been released about the current condition of the rider or on the extent of injuries involved. 

Fatal Jackson County Crash

Earlier this week, there was a fatal head-on collision in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m. on Monday. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle heading southbound on 23 S crossed the yellow lines and struck another vehicle head on. Although first responders, including a helicopter air ambulance were swiftly called to the scene, two women were killed in the crash. A female driver was also injured in the crash. There has been no word on her current condition or the extent of her injuries. 

Fourth of July Traffic Citations

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.

Driver Injured in Lake Toxaway Crash

Late on Sunday night, a driver was injured in a Lake Toxaway crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Silversteen Road, sometime after 10:00 p.m. The driver reportedly ran off of the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree. Very few details about this crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that speed could have been a factor.

Yancey County Injury Crash

On Sunday night, at least four people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Yancey County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 80 near Micaville, at about 7:45 p.m. Very few details about the crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that a green pickup truck went left of center and collided with an oncoming Pontiac Aztec SUV. Two people were transported to Mission Hospital by ambulance. One person was airlifted to Johnson City Hospital, and another person was airlifted to Mission hospital for treatment of injuries. 

Traffic Deaths up 7.7 Percent in 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release regarding preliminary car crash data from 2015. According to the NHTSA, there was a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people were killed in car crashes in 2015. That's up from the 32,675 deaths reported in 2014. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was quick to point out that every American should be able to drive, ride or walk to their destinations safely. At this time, the NHTSA is analyzing the data to determine how and why there was such an increase in car crash fatalities last year.

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