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Please be careful this Memorial Day

Heads Up:  Operation Click-It-or-Ticket.  Please be careful this Memorial Day Holiday.

 

We wish all our friends a safe, healthy, and happy holiday weekend.  If you are planning on driving anywhere, heads up:  North Carolina is in the middle of a statewide “Click-It-or-Ticket” campaign.

 

For the safety of you and your loved ones, please be careful this Memorial Day Holiday – Bill Powers 

 

Operation Click-It-or-Ticket

 

Memorial Day Holiday Statistics:

  • 38,000,000 Travelers
  • 50,000 Injured in Wrecks
  • 439 Killed in Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nationwide Enhanced DWI DUI Impaired Driving Checkpoints

 

See More:  Most Deadly Driving Days

 

Memorial Day Holiday has become one of the most deadly in the nation.  With an improved economy and lower-than-normal gas prices, more people are taking the roads on an annual basis.

The national average for gas is presently $1.89 per gallon.  North Carolina is substantially above-average in pricing, with the average being $2.21 a gallon for regular.  That’s better than last year though, where the price of gas was about $2.65.

While travel as a whole has increased thus far in 2016, the NHTSA expects hundreds of thousands more people on the highways this holiday season than even last year.

In a recent survey, more than 1/2 of us (Approximately 55%) say we plan on taking to the roads for vacations this year.

Some might be surprised to learn that the Thursday before the holiday weekend appears to have surpassed Friday as the heaviest pre-holiday travel day.  While many believe leaving town “early” will result in faster drive-times, there actually may be heavier traffic congestion and backups.

Triple-A Carolina predicts approximately 1,500,000 Carolinians will take to the roads this Memorial Day Holiday weekend.  That is an increase of more than 31,000 people.

 

 

 

 

Seatbelt Statistics:

  • 10% of Driver and Front Seat Passengers fail to Buckle Up
  • 79% of Passengers Ejected from Vehicle Killed
  • Women are Better – 93% of Women Fasten their Seat Belts
  • Men are Worse – 13% of Men Fail to Secure Themselves
  • 41% of those Killed in Wrecks were not wearing Seat Belts

 

 

See More:  Parent Student Driver Agreement – Bill Powers

 

Distracted Driving

 

No text is worth a life

 

Dying to Text:

 

  • 424,000 Crashes Involved Distracted Driving
  • 3,154 Killed
  • 169,000,000,000 Texts in United States
  • 600,000 Americans Driving while Texting, Using Cell Phones or “Manipulating Electronic Devices”

 

 

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See More:  Seat Belt Traffic Laws in North Carolina

 

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Death by Vehicle in North Carolina

Don’t Drink and Drive this Memorial Day Weekend

Every 52 Minutes Someone is Killed in a Drunk Driving Accident – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 

As you might imagine, Law Enforcement in North Carolina are well-aware of the statistics.  They see the ill-results of the tragedies associated with the failure to wear seat belts, distracted driving, dwi dui impaired driving, speeding, and tired drivers.

It’s easy to succumb to what I call “gotta-get-there-itis.”  Prior to almost any holiday we all have a million things to do, like packing, closing out work at the office, and last-minute plans.

We all work hard and can’t wait to hit the road a little bit early, to get where we’re going, to put our feet up, and relax.

If you get into trouble this weekend, we’re here to help.  Like law enforcement, this is a working holiday for the attorneys at Powers Landreth, PLLC.  I (Bill Powers) am on call this weekend.  You may reach me directly at:  bill@PowMac.com

Our answering service can also page me or Chris McCartan:  704-342-4357

The attorneys at Powers Landreth, PLLC help people throughout North Carolina with matters involving Traffic Offenses, Criminal Defense and DWI DUI Impaired Driving Offenses.

Bill Powers

bill@PowMac.com

704-342-4357

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Bill Powers
Founding Partner at Powers Landreth PLLC