Recent study reveals deadliest highways in North Carolina

Published: Aug. 1, 2019 at 5:45 AM EDT
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A recent study is revealing some of the most dangerous highways throughout the country, including in North Carolina.

It cites the three most dangerous stretches in a three-year span.

A Secure Life took three years of traffic data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find the most dangerous stretches, based on fatalities. Specifically, the study is looking at the fatalities from May through September. This is primarily because the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the 100 Deadliest Days.

According to the data, it found that US 64 was the third deadliest highway in the state, followed by I-85, then I-40. The data during the time period was compiled from 2015 to 2017 and particularly examines summer travel. Some of the findings were the bigger the state, the more fatalities and more fatalities where the speed limits are higher.

Teen drivers are certainly at risk. Part of the reason for those 100 Deadliest Days is because there are more teen driver crashes during that stretch. This could be due to speeding, drinking and driving, or distracted driving.

As always, this is another reminder to never drink and drive. Put your cell phones away and limit all distractions!

If you want to read more about the study, we've provided a link under Related Items.