During the New Year Period When Compared to Last Year
RALEIGH - Preliminary statistics indicate that six people died on North Carolina roadways during the New Year's holiday enforcement period (Friday, December 31, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011). Last year there were eleven highway deaths during the same enforcement period. This year’s enforcement efforts resulted in almost a 50% reduction in traffic deaths when compared to last year.
All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seatbelts. Single- fatality crashes occurred in Lee, Edgecombe, Brunswick (2), Beaufort and Henderson counties. The crashes in Edgecombe, Beaufort and Henderson County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Through December 31, preliminary statistics indicate that 968 people have lost their lives on North Carolina roadways during 2010. Out of the 968 deaths, 85 were pedestrians, 11 were bicyclists and 127 were motorcyclists. A total of 190 fatal collisions resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol by dialing *hp or *47 on a cellular phone. Callers should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.