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Troopers: Crashes kill 10 across NC during Thanksgiving holiday

Posted December 2, 2013

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— Ten people died on North Carolina’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday, state troopers said Monday.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the crashes from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday. The number of fatalities was down slightly from last year, when 11 motorists died on the state’s major roadways.

Troopers investigated the following crashes this year:

• N.C. Highway 130, Holden Beach
• State Road 1322, Salemburg
• State Road 1647, near Cherryville
• N.C. Highway 273, Belmont
• N.C. highway 279, near Dallas
• U.S. 70, near Beaufort
• State Road 1103, near Wilkesboro)
• U.S. 64, near Franklin
• U.S. 117, Mount Olive
• N.C. Highway 41, near Lumberton


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  • LocalYokel Dec 4, 2013

    For the topic of 10 people dying on the NC roads during a holiday weekended, this article contains surprisingly little information. A good news article would contain more info on the cause of the crashes as determined by the highway patrol investigations, pictures, names, etc...

    WRAL has published 5 times as much information about the weather today than it has given us insight on crashes that killed 10 people over the holiday weekend. C'mon WRAL, you can do better.

  • pinball wizard Dec 3, 2013

    A long time ago I saw a story about the "responsibility spike" Suggested all cars remove the speedometer, abs, air bags, horn and replace it with a single sharply pointed spike positioned one millimeter from your forehead. Any mistake you made, you immediately paid the price.

    Tongue in cheek, but if you were concerned about instant death, you and everybody else might drive a little better.

  • 678devilish Dec 3, 2013

    These accidents happen because many people do not follow the rules and regulations of the road and highways. The speed limits are there for a purpose and reason.

  • naziramour Dec 3, 2013

    I loved the last comment! SaveEnergyMan

  • SaveEnergyMan Dec 3, 2013

    Problem with your theory about revenue is that it all goes to the schools - not the police/HP. Besides, most tickets are dismissed by the DA before proceedings begin or are reduced by the judge to where insurance points are never assessed. There is little disincentive to speed.

    You are right about speed not killing. It's that massive deceleration right as you hit that stationary object that gets you. The energy is related to the speed squared, so doing 80 instead of 65 is 51% more energy your head has to dissipate so you can stop.

    You're also right about aggressive driving. It sets you up for the unintended deceleration that kills you and others around you. Alcohol, cell phones/texting, ego, and a disregard for the laws of physics are also key to the problem.

    Slowing down mitigates the problems from the other issues. Sorry if it inconveniences you, but most people are not smart enough to drive safely - hence the need for laws and law enforcement.

  • I know some stuff Dec 3, 2013

    Thank you sinenomine....pretty much what I was going to write too, you beat me to it.
    The simplistic minds often state 'speed kills', but the reality is fixed objects like trees are really the issue. It's that sudden stop that is the problem.
    Since interstates are designed for speed, and minimize fixed objects near the roadway, they are therefore much safer at any speed, even without speed enforcement. Aggressive driving is more likely to result in wrecks than just speed.
    On busy weekends, most people want to and will drive 80 if the conditions permit. The congestion often is the speed limiting factor.
    Tickets are revenue, and don't forget the insurance companies who use it as an excuse to raise your rates.
    As for the deaths on 'back roads'....impossible to monitor and prevent wrecks by all those careless drivers who don't respect the dangers of 'secondary' roads. Comes down to better driver training, again.

  • sinenomine Dec 3, 2013

    It's interesting that not one of the fatal Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurred on an interstate highway despite the higher speeds frequently encountered on them.

    It has always seemed to me that the Highway Patrol assigns a disproportionately large number of units to the interstates despite the fact that, as this article indicates, most fatal crashes seem not to occur on them.

    IF I am right (and that's a big "if") then the question is this - what is more important to the Patrol, writing tickets and collecting fines while ensuring high visibility for itself by sticking to the interstates, or protecting people and saving lives by intensively patrolling the back roads where fatal accidents usually occur?

    Maybe a present or former Highway Patrol Trooper who reads this post (no imposters please) can respond in an intelligent way. I'd really like to know.