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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.

Daydreaming causes more traffic accidents than cellphone use

North Carolina residents are likely aware that the number of road users killed in accidents involving distracted drivers has risen sharply. The increase in distracted driving fatalities is often linked with cellphone use behind the wheel, but a study of motor vehicle deaths over the last five years suggests that daydreaming is by far the greater road safety hazard. The study was conducted by a team from Erie Insurance, and it was released on April 3 to coincide with the launch of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Distracted driving remains a big problem

A recent AAA survey gives reasons for both optimism and pessimism regarding the epidemic of distracted driving. North Carolina motorists of all ages should be pleased to learn that more drivers than ever recognize the inherent dangers of smartphone usage while driving. Unfortunately, understanding the risk is not stopping the behavior for many drivers.

Fatal drunk driving crashes

Like every other state plus the District of Columbia, the blood alcohol concentration legal limit is .08 percent. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes account for one-third of all deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Individuals who are under 24 years of age or who have been convicted of drunk driving in the past are most likely to be impacted by a fatal drunk driving accident.

Fourth of July Traffic Citations

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has recently released their list of citations issued over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 just reported on the various traffic citations that were issued over the busy holiday weekend. Across the state, the most cited offence was not drunk driving but driver's license violations. Listed below are the types and number of citations issued over the Independence Day weekend. This particular public safety campaign did not include statistics for speeding, because most of these citations were issued at traffic checkpoint locations.

Dangers of Low Quality Auto Parts

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the relationship between some auto body shops and insurance companies in North Carolina. The report found that some auto body collision shops across the state have used untested and unregulated parts to fix vehicles, especially when insurance companies refer cars for work. Motorists trust recommendations from their insurance companies on auto body shops. Unfortunately in many cases, these shops are using inferior parts to pass the savings onto the insurance companies.

NHTSA's Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released a summer-themed consumer safety advisory. Road trips are a popular choice for summer vacations, and the NHTSA wants motorists to be prepared for safe and successful trips. Since nothing can ruin a family vacation faster than being stranded on the side of the highway, the NHTSA is encouraging drivers to get their automobiles fully serviced before hitting the road this summer.

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