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NHTSA Gearing up For Thanksgiving Roadway Safety

Drunk Driver Fatally Hits Road Crew

Super Bowl Safety in Asheville

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are calling on fans to celebrate the Super Bowl responsibly. Because the Super Bowl has become synonymous with alcohol consumption and an increase in drunk driving crashes on roadways across the nation, the NHTSA's "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday, and all yearlong.

Don't Wreck The Holidays

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging motorists to drive safely this holiday season and all yearlong. Their "Don't Wreck The Holidays" campaign is specifically aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the NHTSA, during December, from 2013-2017, 28 percent of those killed in crashes died in wrecks involving drunk drivers. Injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable.

Troopers Getting Ready for Busy Holiday Travel

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are currently preparing for the busy upcoming holiday weekend. As Thanksgiving approaches, motorists can expect to see an increase in law enforcement officers on roadways across the State or North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, state troopers will be out in full force for the holiday weekend. Starting on Wednesday, November 21, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be participating in the Thanksgiving I-40 challenge. This is a joint campaign, which will run until Sunday, and seven other states are participating. The State Highway Patrol plans to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along I-40.

Drunk Driving Crash in Arden

On Tuesday, there was a drunk driving crash in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road at about 3:00 a.m. Very little information about the crash has been released, but we do know that the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and hit a power pole. Initial reports indicate that there were downed power lines in the area.

Truck Driver Charged with DWI Twice in Five Hours

A few weeks ago, a truck driver in Haywood County was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) twice in the span of about five hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, tractor-trailer driver Daryl Garrett was pulled over on the evening of August 14, 2018. The officer involved noticed he had slurred speech and other signs of impairment. There was also alcohol in the vehicle. Garrett was arrested and charged with DWI and commercial DWI at that time. He was then issued a $5,000 unsecured bond at the magistrate's office. He made that bond and was able to leave.

Fatal DWI Crash in Asheville

On Sunday, August 12th there was a single-vehicle crash in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Patton Avenue, near the intersection for Bear Creek Road. Very little information about this wreck has been released, but initial reports indicate that the driver may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. A passenger, 28-year-old Kilby Greer Elkins of Candler, was ejected during the crash. She was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment, but succumbed to her injuries a few days later.

4th of July Drive Sober Campaign

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently raising awareness about the importance of driving sober this 4th of July and all year round. While the Independence Day holiday is traditionally well known for barbeques, fireworks and backyard get-togethers, it's also well known for being one of the most deadly holidays on U.S. roadways. This year, the NHTSA is calling on partygoers to plan for a safe ride home. Whether you call a cab, designate a driver or use a ridesharing app, make sure you have a plan to get home safely after an afternoon or evening of 4th of July celebrations.

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.

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