Traffic Safety

Weather
7:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Freezing Rain Gives Way To Warmer Days Before New Storms Approach

Freezing rain has coated much of the Triangle over the past two nights.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

Winter weather has made for treacherous roadways in the Piedmont over the last couple of nights.

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.

Smith says that freezing rain occurs when the air on the ground is colder than the air in the clouds.

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Travel
8:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays

One third of North Carolina's population is expected to travel for the holidays this year. AAA Carolinas says tomorrow marks the start of the holiday travel period.
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Nearly 2.8 million North Carolinians are expected to travel for Christmas or New Year's vacations.

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.

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.

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Traffic Deaths
5:46 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Traffic Fatalities Rise; Trend Likely To Continue

A car accident on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
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After a six-year dip in the number of traffic fatalities in North Carolina, deaths in 2012 rose by 5.5 percent. That's according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The federal agency says 1,292 people died in car accidents in North Carolina last year, with 33,561 fatalities occurring nationwide.

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The State Of Things
11:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety

A panel discussion on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,  and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month.  North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.  

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Politics & Government
11:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas

One of ten posters Raleigh has distributed to residential areas where the city says drivers are speeding.
Credit City of Raleigh

The city of Raleigh has started a pilot program designed to discourage drivers from speeding in residential areas. 

City staff members are distributing yard signs, posters and advertisements along five roads, where they say drivers are more likely to speed.  They include areas of Quail Hollow Drive, Wide River Drive, Oakwood Avenue, Clark Avenue and Ridge Road.

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