NASH COUNTY, N.C. — In Nash County, where nearly 600 people have been hurt in vehicle accidents this year, authorities are handing out fliers to warn motorists about driving dangers in the area.
So far this year, 19 people have died on Nash County roads and at least 594 have been hurt.
"The collision problem in Nash County is very serious," said Sgt. Ray Green of the Nash County Sheriff's Office.
Throughout the county, local emergency workers and county offices are handing out fliers warning about driving dangers. Officials say the biggest problems are people speeding and not paying attention behind the wheel.
"I drive 64 bypass to work in the morning -- I see people reading books, I see people on the cell phone, I see people eating biscuits and it's amazing to me, but they don't see what we see every day," said Brian Brantley of Nash County Emergency Service.
Starting this week all law enforcement officers in Nash County will also start carrying fliers in their patrol cars. Motorists stopped for speeding will get a bright orange flier along with a speeding ticket.
Eight of the 19 people killed in crashes here were under 20 years of age. Schools such as Nash Central High plan to hand out fliers to all students. Students say they see safety problems among their peers.
"I think it'll make an impact," said Kristen Shumack. "I think a lot will take notice, at least realize people die. It'll make them think more."
Emergency workers hope it will reduce car accidents deaths and injuries in all age groups.