New Hanover still among most dangerous counties to drive
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Once again, New Hanover County ranks among the most dangerous to drive in the state of North Carolina.

A new analysis by AAA Carolinas of crash data in 2011 ranks New Hanover second for best chance of being in a collision and best chance of being in an injurious crash. That's based on per vehicle miles traveled. Bladen County was rated as one of the most dangerous places to drive a tractor trailer.

Overall, fatal crashes were down across the state eight percent from 2010 to 2011. AAA says rural counties continue to be the deadliest places to drive with the top five counties accounting for 5.4 percent of the state's total despite carrying only two percent of the state's vehicle miles traveled.

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There you are. In the fast lane going 5 under. There you are at the green light.... IDK what, just sitting there. There you are, stopped a few feet in front of the sensor plates in the road so the light won't change. Hey, did you know that you the speed limit on CB road is 55? You keep doing 45. Ooops... Etc. Here we all sit, no overpass at the busiest intersection around (College, Oleander) and roads that don't connect on the other side of neighborhoods. Can I get a duh huh? I will be glaring at you while stopped at traffic light after traffic light...

I have been driving for over forty years, in much bigger cities than Wilmington. I was never hit by a distracted driver! I've been rear ended three times in Wilmington; all three drivers were flying and twice I was driving a brand new car!
Nothing really happened to the people who hit me, not even a ticket! I have to watch the back through the rear view mirror more than the front, very nerve racking and its no fun at all to drive here!! I hope people will learn how to alternate letting people into traffic, allow others to make left turns without trying to run them over by stomping on the gas, pay attention to the traffic around them. Driving is a collaborative endeavor or should be. When it is, traffic flows smoother and people are safer. New patterns to learn are popping up, circles and four way stops both require attention, following directions and collaboration-good luck!!

This is not a surprise to me. People running stop signs right in front of Police cars and nothing is done. I really believe that the police in Wilmington have been told not to enforce traffic laws. If you spend any time at all driving in the city you see people speeding all the time.

Guess it is time for a new Police Chief this one sure isn’t getting the job done.

not certain any Police Chief in any county can curb the problem all by himself.

If they want to start though, here are a couple of areas:

1. Stop anyone who is texting; confiscate their device just as the autorities do in Virginia if you have a radar detector; issue a very serios ticket.

2. Require Police officers, including HP, to pull off the road if they have that urgent need to text or use the cell phone.

3. Set up on I-40 and College Road and start ticketing all those heading to or from the Beach on Friday and Sunday.

Gee....I'm underwhelmed. If you're a driver around here, this data is NO surprise.