The 2010 statistics are in for traffic citations and car accidents in North Carolina. In a few instances our numbers decrease from the previous year, but in many other cases we saw a significant increase illustrating the need for safer driving practices in 2012.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers ask that all motorists take a look at the following information and use it as a motivation to drive safer on our roadways in the New Year. Every year, there are far too many people killed on North Carolina roadways. Many of these accidents are preventable with cautious and disciplined driving habits.
In 2010, there were nearly 14,600 child restraint violations handed out in the state. While this is a decrease from 2009, it's still greater than both 2007 and 2008 totals. With nearly 15,000 people cited for failing to properly buckle a child in, it's apparent that too many children are in danger on our roadways.
The problem is much worse among adult vehicle occupants. In 2010, officers wrote more than 129,300 seat belt violations. The number of seat belt violations has decreased every year since 2007. Still, there are far too many people riding around without a seat belt buckled. Seat belts have been proven to save lives in the event of traffic accidents. Do your part to stay safe on our roadways and buckle up!
The number of arrests for drivers who were under the influence of alcohol has increased every year since 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety. In 2010, there were nearly 26,400 arrested in North Carolina for driving under the influence. Impaired driving is completely inexcusable and causes fatal accidents that are 100 percent preventable. Do you part in 2012 to make our roadways safer and pledge to stay sober at the wheel.
Speeding is another category of traffic citations that has seen an increase every year since 2008. There were more than 413,200 speeding tickets handed out to drivers in North Carolina in 2010. Speed increases the risk of death in an accident. Speed limits are posted to keep you safe - they are limits not suggestions.
Some drivers were even let off without being cited for any of the violations above. In 2010, there were more than 203,000 warnings issued in the state, which serves as a decrease from 2009 statistics.
In 2010, there were more than 102,440 car accidents reported. This is a significant increase from the 98,800 that were reported in 2009. Traffic accidents killed nearly 1,000 people in 2010. There were about 10 fewer fatalities in 2009. In addition to these fatalities, another 48,500 people were injured in North Carolina car accidents. Even with all of these citations issued throughout the year, too many people ignored enforcement efforts, endangered innocent motorists and caused traffic accidents on our state's roadway.