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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.

ZF has reassuring safety data on external airbags

North Carolina residents who keep up with advances in vehicle safety technology have no doubt already heard of external airbags. Like self-driving cars, this technology is far from becoming a reality since the technology has yet to be perfected, but some new safety data may encourage car parts manufacturers to pursue a strategy with them.

Automatic braking systems seem effective

Rear-end collisions account for about one in three traffic accidents in North Carolina and around the country, but autonomous safety systems that monitor the road ahead and apply vehicle brakes automatically could prevent many of them according to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit organization says that the technology reduces rear end-collisions by about 40 percent and prevents injuries by up to 68 percent when accidents do occur.

AAA points out over-reliance on car safety tech

In North Carolina and across the U.S., more and more people are relying on driver assistance systems to stay safe on the road. Yet many overestimate the abilities of such technology, forgetting that it's meant to assist, not replace, the driver. This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Teens may benefit from realistic drivers' ed programs

Teen drivers in North Carolina and other states are often considered to be the ones who are more likely to take risks while behind the wheel. According to results from a university study, a realistic supplemental drivers' education program that includes emergency room, ICU and morgue visits may boost awareness of risky driving behaviors among younger drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the leading cause of accidental teen deaths are motor vehicle collisions.

Roundabouts may make rural intersections safer in North Carolina

Two-lane rural highways in North Carolina can be dangerous, especially at intersections. This was certainly true at one high-speed spot where only a stop sign was in place to manage traffic flow. Following a fatal accident, the Department of Transportation cleared vegetation and installed signs letting drivers know about the upcoming stop. Despite such efforts, there were two more serious accidents at the same interaction. The solution that ended up producing noticeable results was the installation of a rural roundabout, which forces traffic to flow in one direction around a central island.

Newly licensed teens more likely to crash

Teen drivers in North Carolina and across the country may be at particular risk for car accidents in the first several months after receiving their drivers' licenses, according to on study. During the first three months of solo driving after receiving a license, teens are eight times more likely to have a crash or nearly miss an accident in comparison with the last three months before getting their licenses. During that period with a learner's permit, they must drive with an adult in the car as well.

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

Last week, there was an injury crash involving an ejected driver in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on New Leicester Highway at the Newfound Road intersection. Very little information has been released about this two-vehicle crash, but we do know that one person was ejected from a vehicle. Initial reports indicate that a Ford Focus collided with an Acura when turning left on Newfound Road from New Leicester Highway. The Acura reportedly overturned during the wreck. The driver and sole occupant in the Acura was ejected from the vehicle.

Multiple Wrecks on I-40

Earlier this week, there were multiple crashes on I-40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Monday night was a difficult evening on the busy interstate roadway. Just before 7:00 p.m., there was a wreck in the eastbound lanes near exit 46A in Asheville. There were four vehicles involved, and at least two people were hospitalized. First responders and crews rushed to the scene where all but one lane had to be shut down for hours. Traffic was significantly backed up in the area. There has been no word on anybody's current condition or on the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, no information has been released about the cause of the crash, which could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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