North Carolina residents may be shocked to learn that nearly 83.6 million people drive while sleep-deprived each day, according to a report. The behavior, which is as dangerous as drunk driving, claims the lives of an estimated 5,000 people each year and costs the U.S. around $109 billion.
North Carolina residents are becoming more familiar with the dangers of texting and driving. While this is certainly a major issue, other types of bad driving behaviors can also be just as distracting and dangerous.
In recognition of the danger posed by distracted driving, lawmakers here in North Carolina have passed a series of laws designed to keep motorists safe on the roads and highways. Indeed, it is illegal for both bus drivers and novice drivers (i.e., those under 18) to use a cell phone in any capacity, and illegal for all drivers to either send or read texts or emails while behind the wheel.
As we discussed in a recent post, more and more people are utilizing alternative forms of transportation owing to everything from an urge to reduce their carbon footprint to an urge to reduce their monthly insurance bills. Indeed, one form of alternative transportation that is among the most accessible and the most popular in North Carolina is the bicycle.
Over the last few years, many people here in North Carolina have eschewed more traditional modes of transportation -- cars, trucks, SUVs -- in favor of their smaller and decidedly more efficient counterparts -- motorcycles, bicycles, buses. While the reasons for taking this step vary, with some people citing environmental concerns, others citing financial incentives and still others citing health benefits, it's safe to say that we're going to see this trend continue.
With the Fourth of July weekend finally here, traffic levels are going to be consistently high, as people make their way to visit family and friends in town, or travel to more distant locations for some much-needed rest and relaxation. In fact, many experts are predicting a record number of drivers on the roads and highways given the favorable prices at the pump.
Tragedy struck a North Carolina community on April 27 when a woman transporting her 2-year-old daughter was killed in a crash. The car accident left her infant daughter injured and also injured the other driver. A police investigation is ongoing, but no charges have yet been filed in the incident.
Police in Greensboro responded to reports of a crash early in the morning of Sunday, April 21. The two-car accident claimed the lives of two North Carolina residents and one man who authorities say was from out-of-state. The local crash reconstruction team is currently investigating factors that may have contributed to the fatal crash.
A deadly North Carolina car accident has led to charges against the passenger allegedly responsible. Careless and reckless driving, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and no operator's license charges have been filed against a 26-year-old man following the car accident that killed a 27-year-old woman. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
A North Carolina trooper is at fault for causing a car accident on Interstate 95. An internal investigation showed that the trooper failed to yield the right of way, which led to an accident. It is likely he will receive internal discipline for his role in the car accident.