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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.

“Booze It And Lose It” Results

  • There were 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols.
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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on recommended changes in laws governing bicycle safety in the State of North Carolina. A series of public meetings have culminated in a report with recommendations to the legislature’s transportation committee. Some of those recommendations include requiring reflective clothing and allowing drivers to cross the double-yellow line when passing cyclists.

Cyclist advocacy groups see these potential changes as a bit of a mixed bag. In some cases, these recommendations could actually put bicycle riders in greater danger. The biggest takeaway from the dialogue should be that the issue of cyclist safety is really about all roadway users. Improving safety for bicycle riders is about improving safety for everybody on North Carolina roadways.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding areas, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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A pedestrian was recently struck and killed by a car in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on December 20, 2015. The collision occurred on U.S. 70, near Porters Cove Road. For currently unknown reasons, a car came around a curve and struck the 30-year-old pedestrian. Peter Spinney was pronounced dead on the scene. Very few details about this incident have been released, and the collision might still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Injury Causing and Fatal Pedestrian Collisions

  • 4,818 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2012.
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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.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year.

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Early Tuesday morning, a suspected drunk driving crash had a portion of Haywood Road closed down for hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the intersection of Baker Avenue, sometime around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and knocked it down in the roadway. First responders and crews were on the scene, where a new telephone pole had to be installed. The driver, Charles Giezentanner III, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger, driving with a revoked license, hit and run, leaving the scene and causing property damage.

Impaired Driving Crashes in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
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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.

Both the teen driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts. The car was estimated to be going 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone prior to the wreck. At this time, officials suspect that driver inexperience and speed were factors in this fatal one-car crash. Charges are pending against the teen driver.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Daniel Arrowood’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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Early Thursday morning, four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 276, about three miles from the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, sometime around 1:00 a.m.

The vehicle ran off of the roadway and overturned. At least one person had to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to an area hospital. At this point, law enforcement authorities do suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed at this time.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and swift recoveries for the injured victims.

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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 traveled 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.

The Facts on Thanksgiving Travel

  • During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 301 passenger occupants were killed in crashes across the country.
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On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a McDowell County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. on NC-226 near Dairy Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Traviss Kendall Waldrop of Nebo was headed north on 226 when his motorcycle left the roadway. The bike overturned and struck a tree.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Mission Hospital

First responders rushed to the scene, and Waldrop was airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition for the treatment of a head injury and possibly other injuries. This was an apparent one-vehicle wreck, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. A portion of the roadway was closed until after 6:00 p.m. as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the City of Asheville has just instituted a new safety pilot program for pedestrians. At this time, pedestrians using the crosswalk at Edwin and Katherine Places can utilize the new safety equipment. On either side of the street, there are flags available to pedestrians to carry while crossing the street. The flags are bright yellow and have reflective tape.

These flags are intended to increase the visibility of pedestrians who are crossing the busy roadway. Keep an eye out for these flags popping up at other intersections across Asheville. Ultimately, pedestrians are counting on drivers to stay alert and share the road.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.