North Carolina State Highway Patrol Urges Motor Vehicle Drivers to Avoid Injury Accidents During the Holidays

December 17, 2007, by Michael A. DeMayo

The holiday season in Raleigh, Charlotte, and the other cities of North Carolina are a time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the season and each other. This time of the year, however, can easily turn tragic if you are seriously injured or if someone you love is killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless, reckless, or drunk driver.

This year, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol wants to work with North Carolina motorists to make sure that people stay safe while riding on state roads and freeways during the holiday season.

Already, with 1257 traffic related-deaths, the motor vehicle death toll for 2007 in North Carolina is 109 fatalities more than what it was at this time of the year in 2006. Last year, from November 30, 2006 to January 2, 2007, 127 North Carolina drivers were involved in deadly traffic accidents that killed 27 people.

In an effort to keep the number of auto crash related-deaths from rising further this year, North Carolina troopers plan to set up DWI checkpoints and make sure that car drivers, motorcyclists, truck drivers, and bus drivers comply with state DWI laws through North Carolina’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign and the nationwide Combined Accident Reduction Effort program through the holiday season.

Although we can’t control what other drivers do, each of us can take the proper safety measures to do our best to keep others and ourselves safe.

A Few Holiday Safety Tips from Precision Tune Auto Care:

• Don’t drink and drive
• Avoid driving if you are very tired or taking prescription medication
• Obey the speed limit
• Drive defensively
• Follow your car’s maintenance schedule
• Don’t talk on the phone/text message while driving
• Follow at a safe distance from the driver in front of you

In the event that you or someone you love is injured in a car accident, truck crash, or motorcycle collision anywhere in North Carolina or South Carolina, an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you file your personal injury claim or auto accident lawsuit to obtain your financial recovery from the negligent party.

Troopers encourage motorists to slow down and enjoy the holidays, The Leland Tribune, December 17, 2007

Gov. Easley Announces Holiday Booze It and Lose It” Campaign, State of North Carolina Office of the Governor, November 30, 2007

Safe driving tips for the holidays, Seacoast Online, December 26, 2003

Related Web Resources:

North Carolina Highway Patrol


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