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  • kermit60 Jan 3, 3:15 p.m.

    With all these deaths maybe there should be a movement to reduce six packs to a 3 pack and liquor to no larger than 12 ounces.

  • LocalYokel Jan 3, 12:55 p.m.

    Nothing says that law enforcement isn't doing their job like statistics for traffic deaths.

    Who knows? Next time it could be you or someone you love?

  • LocalYokel Jan 3, 12:49 p.m.

    ...and don't forget the people that were injured and had property damage.

    Bad drivers cause a lot of grief for us. If want to prevent this grief then demand your police to do their jobs, enforce the law, and not go soft on traffic crimes.

  • hpr641 Jan 3, 11:29 a.m.

    Actually, JDA, it just said "... involved the suspected use of alcohol." Notice the actual words used were "use of" ... not "impairment by". I.e., there's a BIG difference between someone causing an accident who might have had a drink beforehand and someone whose driving abilities were truly impaired by alcohol (or drugs).

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 3, 10:39 a.m.

    1 in 4 of these fatal crashes involved alcohol. When will people wake up and realize that you stand a huge chance of getting yourself killed or killing others when you drink and drive? I wish they had published some stats on the ages of the drunk drivers in those fatal crashes. People tend to think it's just these "young crazy kids" but I suspect a LOT of these people are well over 30! Wake up, people. Wake up! It just never ever ever makes sense to get behind the wheel after drinking. Call a friend - your friend will be thankful you did.

  • ASU Jan 2, 7:48 p.m.

    Its only the ncshp totals its not all the fatal wrecks across the state.

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 2, 7:25 p.m.

    Actually, I was speaking of the total numbers at the end of the article which is the entire state and iclude all fatal accidents

  • ASU Jan 2, 5:40 p.m.

    These number are on the numbers of the NCSHP not including city police departments such as Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Fayetteville.

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 2, 5:23 p.m.

    @buenhace there are far fewer 747's then cars. So yes it would make the news. So it isn't the it doesn't make healnines. It is about what they choose to cover. Such as DWI acocount for less then a 1/4 of fatal deaths, although the most covered on the news and most severly punished and every year a new harder law past on it. Yet speeding and distracted driveing has remained the same for year and min. punishment.

  • burnhace Jan 2, 3:22 p.m.

    899 deaths! Do you think that if two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets had crashed in North Carolina (which would kill the same number of people) the story might get a bigger headline? What is it about traffic deaths that make us so complacent?

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 2, 3:20 p.m.

    Most of the 204 alcohol crashes were the drunk drivers themselves.

  • yankee1 Jan 2, 3:03 p.m.

    How many people were killed by people with conceal carry permits in 2012? Can't hear you! How many killed by criminals with guns? Still can't hear you! How killed in vehicle accidents? I know,, let's just ban everything but politicians!

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 2, 2:36 p.m.

    lrfarms27572:

    You do realize Car and alcohol are regulated, right? All cars are required to be registered, all drivers suppose to have insurance and driver license. The government has record of the vehicle owner info. Vehicle sales are recorded with DMV.

    A bartender could be charged if knowingly serving alcohol to a drunk. Hosts could be held responsible for drunk guests.

    Drunk driving is against the law.

    So, could we do the same with guns?? All transactions are recorded with the government. Owners are responsible for the consequence of having the guns?

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 2, 2:23 p.m.

    So "suspected" alcohol collisions make up a little under a quater of fatal collisions last year. MADD, courts, and road blocks make a ton of money and assessed huge fines and penalties. Along with people on this site call for the death penalty or attempted murder charges for someone charged with DWI. Making it sound as though droves of drunks drive on the streets hunting you down. Hmm, how about the speeders and distracted drives? Just pay a small fine and then get back in your car and drive because they aren't a hazard. Can we say disproportionate application of law and justice? I think so

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 2, 1:42 p.m.

    In total, 204 fatal collisions in 2012 involved the suspected use of alcohol, officials said

    Sounds like we should ban cars and alcohol to prevent such mass murder.

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