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February 2018 Archives

Buncombe County Ranks High For Speeding

Buncombe County made the top 10 list for most speeding tickets issued in the State of North Carolina. According to a recent WLOS ABC News Channel 13 report, more than 11,000 speeding tickets were issued in Buncombe County last year. Wake County made the top of the list with more than 34,000 speeding tickets issued, and Graham County was among the five counties with the lowest number of speeding tickets issued to drivers. More than 500,000 speeding tickets were issued to drivers across the State of North Carolina last year.

Injury Crash Involving Big Rig Near Swannanoa

Last week, there was an injury crash involving a station wagon and a semi truck near Swannanoa. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on U.S. 70 at about 12:30 p.m. Although very little information about this incident has been released, initial reports indicate that the station wagon travelled from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane. The two vehicles collided, and there was significant damage to the smaller passenger occupant vehicle.

How to protect yourself against distracted drivers

During your next commute to work, once you have stopped at a light, take a minute and look around at the other drivers. The majority of them will be attempting to "multi-task" by eating, putting on lipstick or texting while manning their vehicle. These are tell-tale signs of the inattentive driver. Controlling the actions of others is impossible but there are several things you can do to safeguard yourself against people who are only half-paying attention to driving.

Improving Pedestrian Safety in Maggie Valley

Town leaders in Maggie Valley are taking steps to improve pedestrian safety on a busy roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a pedestrian safety plan is moving forward for Soco Road in the Haywood County town. Last summer, Maggie Valley received a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for traffic calming measures along the busy main roadway. Design funding has been approved, and a plan is moving forward. Modernized crosswalks, caution lights and bike lanes are going to be implemented in the area. The plan is expected to take between three and five years to complete. 

Single Vehicle Wreck on Hendersonville Road

Over the weekend, there was an apparent single-vehicle crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a vehicle crashed into a light pole on Hendersonville Road at Davis Grey Drive. Very little information has been released about this wreck, but we do know that it happened at about midnight on Saturday night. 

Fatal Crash Involving Semi Truck in Madison County

On Monday afternoon, there was a fatal crash involving a semi truck in Madison County. According to WLOS ABC News channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Highway 213, between Marshall and Mars Hill. Very few details about this fatal truck crash have been released, but we do know that a car was travelling east on N.C. 213, when it collided with a semi truck that was reportedly slowing down to merge into a turn lane. The car struck the big rig from behind and rolled over several times. The vehicle came to rest about 400 feet down a hill from the roadway. The victim was reportedly ejected from her vehicle. There has been no word on whether or not she was buckled up at the time of the wreck. 

Mountain Counties Score Low for Aggressive Driving

Recent data shows that mountain counties scored relatively low for instances of aggressive driving in the State of North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Mecklenburg County issued 270 citations for aggressive driving last year. Incidents involving aggressive diving included speeding and two other offenses. Additional offenses can include running a red light, rolling through a stop sign, illegal passing, failing to yield and following another vehicle too closely. 

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