Traffic Safety http://wunc.org en Freezing Rain Gives Way To Warmer Days Before New Storms Approach http://wunc.org/post/freezing-rain-gives-way-warmer-days-new-storms-approach <p></p><p>Winter weather has made for treacherous roadways in the Piedmont over the last couple of nights.</p><p></p><p>Barrett Smith is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. He says freezing rain is responsible for a number of traffic accidents in Chapel Hill and the Northern Triangle.</p><p></p><p>Smith says that freezing rain occurs when the air on the ground is colder than the air in the clouds.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:57:07 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28052 at http://wunc.org Freezing Rain Gives Way To Warmer Days Before New Storms Approach Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays http://wunc.org/post/highway-patrol-goes-out-force-holidays <p></p><p>Nearly 2.8 million North Carolinians are expected to travel for Christmas or New Year's vacations.</p><p></p><p>Gas prices and air fares are holding steady, but 48,500 more people plan to travel for the holidays this year than last, according to AAA Carolinas.</p><p></p><p>Spokeswoman Angela Daley says that could be due to the improving economy. She says the weeks that include Christmas and New Year's Day are the most popular travel time, and it's also the longest. Daley says that makes it easier for people to plan trips at their convenience.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:02:35 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27745 at http://wunc.org Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays Traffic Fatalities Rise; Trend Likely To Continue http://wunc.org/post/traffic-fatalities-rise-trend-likely-continue <p></p><p>After a six-year dip in the number of traffic fatalities in North Carolina, deaths in 2012 rose by 5.5 percent. That's <a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811856.pdf">according to data</a> provided by the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a>.</p><p>The federal agency says 1,292 people died in car accidents in North Carolina last year, with 33,561 fatalities occurring nationwide.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:46:38 +0000 Eric Mennel 27095 at http://wunc.org Traffic Fatalities Rise; Trend Likely To Continue Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety http://wunc.org/post/bike-fatalities-raise-concerns-about-road-safety <p>Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,&nbsp; and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month. &nbsp;North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24667 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-tells-drivers-slow-down-residential-areas <p></p><p>The city of Raleigh has started a pilot program designed to discourage drivers from speeding in residential areas.&nbsp;</p><p>City staff members are distributing yard signs, posters and advertisements along five roads, where they say drivers are more likely to speed.&nbsp; They include areas of Quail Hollow Drive, Wide River Drive, Oakwood Avenue, Clark Avenue and Ridge Road.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:01:58 +0000 Will Michaels 23735 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas