Public Safety en 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 Rip Currents Claim Seven Lives Over 4th of July Weekend <p>Dangerous rip currents off the Carolina coast are to blame for the deaths of seven people over the 4th of July holiday. That number is double the average number of rip current deaths in a year. Community leaders are calling the tragedies a wake-up call and are trying to find ways to prevent future drownings.</p><p>Putting signs and red flags up at various beach access points is one of several ideas, says Anthony Marzano, the director of emergency services in Brunswick County, where four of the deaths took place.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:04:33 +0000 Catherine Brand 18763 at Rip Currents Claim Seven Lives Over 4th of July Weekend State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents <p>Safety officials on the coast are trying to make beachgoers more aware of rip currents. Those are the narrow channels of waves that can pull swimmers dangerously far offshore. Signs along North Carolina’s coastline advise visitors to ‘Break the Grip of the Rip.’</p><p>Spencer Rogers is with the governmental research organization <a href="" target="_blank">North Carolina Sea Grant</a>. He estimates that rip currents account for 80 percent of drowning and says the currents happen almost every day on North Carolina beaches, but are not always dangerous.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:16:27 +0000 Brent Wolfe & Avery Kleinman 16920 at State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents Cyclists Seek To Make American Tobacco Trail Safer <p style="margin-left: 40px; display: block;">Durham bike riders are traveling the city's portion of the American Tobacco Trail hoping to make it safer. Debbie West says it's a route she likes to take to where she needs to go. "I love the Tobacco Trail. I live and work near it," says West.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:05:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1720 at