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NHTSA's Winter Driving Tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual winter driving safety campaign. Their "Focus on Safety- Winter Driving" campaign is all about preparation before driving and safety behind the wheel. Drivers in Asheville and the surrounding areas could face a variety of different wintry weather conditions this season. From ice and sleet to blizzard-like storms, Asheville motorists need to be prepared for anything.

Fatal Hendersonville Road Crash

On Monday morning, a South Carolina man was killed in a crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 6:30 a.m. near the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass. For currently unknown reasons, 56-year-old David Earl Gosnell's truck crossed over four lanes of traffic and collided with another vehicle. Gosnell did not survive his injuries, and the driver in the other vehicle was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Last week was National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1-8, 2015), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a forum to launch a new drowsy-driving initiative. Experts from the fields of sleep science, traffic safety and public health joined together to share information on the dangers of drowsy driving and increase awareness about the nationwide problem. While drowsy driving may not sound as dangerous as distracted or impaired driving, consider that tired drivers are not only at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel, but they also have slower reaction times than drivers who aren't drowsy.  

NCDOT Warns of Deer-Related Collisions

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is warning drivers to keep an eye out for deer in the coming months. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, half of all animal-related collisions for the year will happen between now and the end of the year. Sergeant Toby Jenkins with the Wildlife Resources Commission says that drivers should be particularly watchful for deer at dawn and dusk, when the animals are most active.

Four USC Students Killed in Crash

Early Sunday morning, four USC Upstate college students were killed in a crash on Valley Falls Road. Horace Sproull, Sarah Vande Berg, James Campbell and Josh Lee all died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, one student, Felicia Ahlborg, survived the crash and is in fair condition. At this time, very few details about the one-car crash have been released. We do know that the car ran off of the roadway, struck a tree and burst into flames. 

NHTSA's Pre-Season Drunk Driving Prevention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to publicize their annual pre-holiday season drunk driving prevention campaign. Unfortunately, with the holiday season approaching, we're likely to see an increase in injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes in North Carolina and across the country. In addition to raising awareness about the dangers and costs of drunk driving, there will also be increased law enforcement efforts, as we get closer to the holiday season.

Fatal Crash on NC 191

A single-vehicle crash took the life of a Henderson County man last week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 20-year-old Nicholas Andrew Woodring lost control of his vehicle on NC 191 near Grand View Lane last Tuesday. The vehicle ran off of the roadway and struck several trees before overturning in a wooded area. Initially thought to be missing, a friend of the family's found the vehicle in deep brush beside the roadway.

Catching Drunk Drivers in North Carolina

This week, law enforcement officers in North Carolina are taking part in an interstate crackdown on drunk driving. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida will be taking part in the 24th annual "Hands Across The Border" campaign. There will be various checkpoints near all of these states' borders, and law enforcement officers will be looking for drunk drivers and other offenders. 

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.

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