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New NC Motor Vehicle Laws

On Friday, there will be five new motor vehicle provisions under North Carolina law. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on what residents in and around Asheville need to know about the changes. Listed below are the five new provisions and how they'll impact drivers in Western North Carolina and across the state.

Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers

Law enforcement officers in North Carolina and Tennessee are cracking down on impaired drivers travelling across state lines. They're taking part in the Hands Across the Boarder enforcement campaign that's aimed at getting impaired drivers off of the roadways. In addition to being on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers, law enforcement officers will also be cracking down on seat belt violations, uninsured drivers, suspended licenses, fugitives and other driving offenses.

Road Rage in Asheville

On Tuesday, a driver accused of road rage in Asheville made his first court appearance. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, David Garren is facing charges of reckless driving and hit and run in connection with an incident that happened on Airport Road. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently spoke with Jordan Miller, the man that caught the erratic driving on camera. Not only did Garren cut off Miller's vehicle twice, he also intentionally struck it. Garren had no comment when reporters reached out to him over the phone.

Dangerous Road in West Asheville

Residents in a West Asheville neighborhood are calling on officials to do something about a dangerous stretch of roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Sand Hills School Road has become a popular cut-through to avoid traffic from I-40 to I-26. Collisions, including hit-and-runs, have been increasing on this residential roadway. Many of these wrecks go unreported after a driver takes out a mailbox or a trashcan. They simply just keep driving. Drivers are speeding around this narrow road and have hit power poles, concrete walls, mailboxes, trashcans and even family pets. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour, but witnesses report some cars going through at closer to 50 or 60 miles per hour. A portion of the roadway is even in a school zone.

Multi Car Injury Crash in Marion

On Saturday afternoon, four people were injured in a multi-car crash involving a police officer in Marion. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 11:30 a.m. along North Main Street. Sergeant Corey Loftis, with the Marion Police Department, was responding to a call when a Honda struck his patrol car. The driver of the Honda, Frank McMillian, was reportedly trying to make a left turn into the Hospice Resale shop prior to the crash. When the patrol car was hit, it slammed into two parked vehicles. The chain-reaction crash caused a parked vehicle to hit a pedestrian on the scene.

Operation Drive to Live 2016

Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are hoping to increase roadway safety for teens and other motorists during Operation "Drive to Live" this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this pre-prom season safety campaign will be conducted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. This safety initiative is aimed at reducing the number of teen related injury causing and fatal crashes around the state. In addition to enforcing all traffic laws around the state's schools, officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol will also be conducting traffic safety education programs at various high schools prior to the end of the school year.

Fatal Wrong Way Crash in Haywood County

Early Monday morning, a wrong-way crash took the life of one person in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40 near the Highway 74 exit, sometime after 3:00 a.m. Apparently, a van was headed the wrong way, when it crashed into a semi truck, head on. The van and the large truck caught fire, and the driver of the van was pronounced dead on the scene.

Fatal Crash Near Marion

Officials have released new information about the fatal crash that occurred near Marion last month. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the fiery collision happened on U.S. 221 North, near Marion at about 3:30 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Three people were killed in the crash that involved a pickup truck and a van. Although there were no skid marks on the scene, the pickup reportedly crossed the center lane and struck the oncoming van. Initial witness reports indicate that the truck might have been driving erratically prior to the crash.

Fatal Crash in Asheville

On Sunday night, a person was killed in an apparent one-vehicle crash in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-240 at Chunns Cove Road. At this time, very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that the vehicle struck a stop sign, hit an embankment and overturned beside the roadway.

Injury Crash in Brevard

On Monday, a two-car crash in Brevard sent at least four people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Rosman Highway at Good Neighbor Drive and Clement Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to an Asheville hospital for treatment of injuries.

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