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Fewer Killed In N.C. Motor-Carrier Accidents in 2006

Posted February 26, 2007

— According to the state Highway Patrol, the number of deadly traffic accidents involving motor-carriers are down in North Carolina.

In 2006, officials said there were 128 motor carrier-related traffic deaths, which is down from 161 in 2005. The crashes include any in which a commercial motor vehicle was involved -- including those weighing 26,001 pounds or more, buses and vehicles carrying hazardous materials.

The Highway Patrol credits the decline in part to the implementation of a new program, Troop Stat, in 2005. Troop Stat requires the Highway Patrol to review traffic collision data and respond to any identified collision trends.

“We are really encouraged that fatal collisions involving motor carrier vehicles dropped last year and our motor carrier enforcement efforts have continued to increase,” said Col. Fletcher Clay, commander of the state Highway Patrol.

The total number of fatal and nonfatal collisions involving carrier vehicles went down about 12 percent from 2004 to 2006, officials said. Patrol troopers investigated 8,039 collisions in 2004, 7,602 in 2005 and 7,077 in 2006.

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  • El Doggo Feb 26, 2007

    You are right. It would be nice if the rate REALLY dropped. But there are so many influences on those numbers. Some of us would like to know what the reasons are - if there are any...

    Just blindly accepting propoganda is much more dangerous than watching out for conspiracies - as you put it, Musty...

  • Lulli Feb 26, 2007

    I'm glad for the positive results; however, I am quite surprised the percentages didn't go up! Have you ever noticed how automobile drivers pull out in front of trucks or dart in and out of traffic? These are big, heavy machines and can't stop on a dime! For the most part, tractor trailer drivers are courteous and we need to reciprocate. Let's lower those percentages even more by being courteous, defensive drivers like we were taught in drivers' education class!

  • mustysteer Feb 26, 2007

    You people amaze me. Why can't you just be happy that maybe... just maybe... the death rate in accidents with motor carriers is dropping. Why does everything have to be a conspiracy? As a trucker, I am amazed and pleased to hear this. When you are on the road all the time, it is amazing the actions people take around big trucks without regard to their own or anyone else's safety. Quit sniffing for lies or fabircations.

  • El Doggo Feb 26, 2007

    Excellent question, Milky! I wonder why reporters don't think to ask those kinds of questions???

  • the original Milky Feb 26, 2007

    I wonder what the responses to the trends were. Surely, the data collection itself didn't stop accidents from happening. Or did it (nudge-nudge-wink-wink)?