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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and around the country will be participating in high-visibility enforcement campaigns to stop and prevent drunk driving. The Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest holiday weekends of the year. The traditional end-of-summer celebrations begin on Friday and can run through the weekend.
Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America's Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country.