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Road Rage in Asheville

Last week, a road rage incident involving a gun happened in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Friday. A female driver was reportedly shot at after turning in front of another driver. The other driver, in an apparent fit of rage over being cut off, fired off shots. The female driver called 911 and immediately drove to a police station in east Asheville.

Driver Crashes Into Post Office

On Sunday morning, an SUV in Clyde crashed into the front of a Post Office. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. An elderly driver was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. The driver and a passenger were both transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center. Thankfully, nobody was inside of the post office when the SUV crashed through.

Prepping Buncombe Roads for Weather

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Buncombe County have been prepping roadways for the impending winter weather. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that thousands of gallons of brine solution have been sprayed onto area interstates in preparation for snow and ice. Officials with NCDOT are hoping this proactive approach will help to keep mountain roads safe during and after any wintry precipitation. Local residents have also been stocking up on shovels and ice melting supplies for their own driveways, sidewalks and walkways.

Clear Snow And Ice From Vehicles

Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD's Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver's window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it's absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn't enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you're driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it's a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you.

Fatal Crash in Greenville

On Friday night, a Marietta woman was killed in a one-car crash in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Poinsett Highway near Furman University. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that 26-year-old Elizabeth Danielle Hudson's 2003 Honda Pilot crossed a center median and struck a tree.

NCDOT's "Booze It And Lose It" Campaign Results

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday "Booze It And Lose It" campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

Teen Killed in Buncombe County Crash

On Wednesday night, a local teen was killed in a crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Newfound Road. A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Daniel Arrowood, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the speeding car left the roadway and rolled into a ditch.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual safety campaign about the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Since the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most travelled weekends of the year, it's also one of the most dangerous. With more cars on the roadways, there's a higher chance for injury causing and potentially fatal car accidents. Combine that with the fact that people will be celebrating with alcohol, and you can understand why the holidays are typically known for having a spike in drunk driving crashes.

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