AAA CAROLINAS: Three Eastern Carolina Counties "Most Deadly"

Three Eastern Carolina counties are listed by AAA Carolinas as the most dangerous counties when it comes to traffic fatalities.

The AAA says Hertford and Tyrrell rank number one and two, while Lenoir County hits the list at number 5. The data is from 2008, which is the latest year that statistics are available.

The automobile club says rural roads are generally narrow, have more curves and have lower shoulders...all leading to more deadly crashes.

Pitt County was the most dangerous for having a traffic collision in 2008. It logged 2% of all crashes in the state, while only accounting for 1.3% of vehicle miles traveled.

There is some good news in the report. AAA Carolinas says traffic deaths dropped by 15 percent in 2008, the first time the state has had less than 1,500 traffic fatalities since 1998.

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  • by kinston on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    AH HAH So i was right afterall.I moved here 2 years ago and always thought the roads were extra NARROW but people told me i'm amagening things. I was actually scared to drive in this state when i first came here because of the narrow roads.Now i know i'm not crazy. You should try driving in Texas. OMG the interstates and the "main" roads there look like our secondary roads. And the speed limit in the part Texas I was in is 70. I was terrified of driving that speed on roads that could barely hold 1 car much less 2 cars passing by each other in different directions.
  • by Tom Location: Belhaven on Apr 21, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    To Disgusted: The turning lane is not to be used to merge, strickly "turning" off of the hwy jfyi :)
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Apr 21, 2010 at 02:08 AM
    SWM I agree with U wholeheartedly. these people wouldn't last a day in LA, New York, Chicago, or Atlanta! With all the new 4 lane roads opening up they need to give classes on how NOT TO DRIVE on a four lane. Had a car come out of a gas sation the other day on 264 outside of Wshington, cross over 2 lanes, the turn lane and come to the outside lane that I was in and cut me off!! What about getting into the turn lane and MEREGING into traffic? I'm tired of getting behind people on a 2 lane rd that are chatting on the phone and running 45 and U can't pass them and as soon as they complete their call they hit the gas and run 65!!!!! Can't talk & drive @ the same time?? PULL OVER!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:27 AM
    Speeders are criminals and kill more than any other way in NC. Cops should enforce the speed LIMITS more instead of letting people drive as quick as they wish. Remember, too, that over 55mph and your gas mileage starts to decline. So the faster you drive your car the more gas you use and the longer these wars we're in will continue.
  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Apr 20, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    Dan: If you want to enforce the speed laws,get a job with the Highway Patrol. If you like camping, do it in the woods and not in the passing lane. Drivers like you are more of a hazard than someone who does a few mph over the limit.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    AH HAH So i was right afterall.I moved here 2 years ago and always thought the roads were extra NARROW but people told me i'm amagening things. I was actually scared to drive in this state when i first came here because of the narrow roads.Now i know i'm not crazy.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    you know alot of people talk about murders. more people die from speed only related accidents than are muredred in N.C.each year. but our leaders do nothing "serious enough" about either one.just look at the eve carson case.[ the criminal lives and we the taxpayer will take care of him ] it is only a misdemeanor to kill someone while speeding or safe movement violation. it only becomes a felony death by vehicle if you are DWI. i have always said , accidents do not happen , they are caused, by speeders, drunk drivers, cell phone use, changing cd player,not paying attention and many other reasons.there needs to be a bigger bite in the traffic laws in every state. telling the family and the courts "i am sorry" , is just not getting it anymore, and "plea bargins" are not taking care of the murderers either.
  • by well on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    i think people need to take the class they offer for driving b/c it helps and you learn alot.
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Actually Dan the speed limit is more like 65 but that doesn't stop people from doing 55 in the fast lane around here. It is not your job to make sure others are going the speed limit. Get out of the way! If people used a little courtesy and common sense there would rarely ever be any traffic accidents.
  • by David Location: New Bern on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    To BC: You wouldn't be saying that if it were your child or some other member of your family. How is traffic more important? Most people don't pay attention when they are driving. The left lane is made for faster traffic, yet most people drive like they are in lala land in the left lane. They don't care if there is a mile of backed up traffic behind them. I know aggressive drivers can be inconsiderate at times, but there is nothing more annoying than getting behind an elderly person, or someone on their cell phone, or the worst is someone eating their lunch when they should be driving. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON!!

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