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Studies analyze effect of new tech on driver behavior

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017: a more than 10 percent increase from 2014. Residents of North Carolina should know that there are many experts out there who believe that distracted driving is behind much of the rise in deaths and that the primary factor in distracted driving is new technology.

Injury Crash in Buncombe County

Multiple Wrecks on I-40

SUV Crashes into Fletcher House

Daydreaming causes more traffic accidents than cellphone use

North Carolina residents are likely aware that the number of road users killed in accidents involving distracted drivers has risen sharply. The increase in distracted driving fatalities is often linked with cellphone use behind the wheel, but a study of motor vehicle deaths over the last five years suggests that daydreaming is by far the greater road safety hazard. The study was conducted by a team from Erie Insurance, and it was released on April 3 to coincide with the launch of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Fatal Hit and Run in Greenville

Over the weekend, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Greenville, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday night. Very little information has been released about this fatal crash, but we do know that 46-year-old Eric Jonathan Zeigler was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was crossing a street. The driver involved, 44-year-old Ronald Gene Cathey, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence involving death and an open container. No additional information has been released about this fatal alcohol-involved crash.

Distracted driving remains a big problem

A recent AAA survey gives reasons for both optimism and pessimism regarding the epidemic of distracted driving. North Carolina motorists of all ages should be pleased to learn that more drivers than ever recognize the inherent dangers of smartphone usage while driving. Unfortunately, understanding the risk is not stopping the behavior for many drivers.

Deputy Involved in Arden Crash

On Tuesday, a Buncombe County deputy was involved in a crash in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were two wrecks within about 200 yards of each other in the Bradley Bunch area of Arden. Very few details about the wrecks have been released, but initial reports indicate that a deputy's vehicle was sideswiped while he was responding to another crash.

Fatal drunk driving crashes

Like every other state plus the District of Columbia, the blood alcohol concentration legal limit is .08 percent. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes account for one-third of all deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Individuals who are under 24 years of age or who have been convicted of drunk driving in the past are most likely to be impacted by a fatal drunk driving accident.

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.

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