Since our society has become more connected, we have started to forget when it is appropriate to use our handheld devices and when it's a good idea to put them down. This has become most apparent when it comes to driving. Drivers across the nation, including drivers here in North Carolina, are choosing to talk, text, tweet and post to Facebook all while driving a vehicle. As you probably know, these actions can be dangerous, especially if we consider what happens in the time it takes us to look down at our phones.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday asked motor-vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily cut back on the technological distractions more and more being built into dashboards. The NHTSA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood is an outspoken advocate of reducing distracted driving.
One North Carolina woman is dead following a collision with a truck owned by the state government. Police with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say the truck accident occurred as the victim was driving along NC 24, when she struck the back of a North Carolina Department of Transportation series truck that was parked on the left shoulder of the highway. The rear-end collision with the DOT truck smashed the front of the woman's car and caused its roof to collapse. The workers were unharmed and DOT truck escaped with just a flat tire.