Dangerous Debris on North Carolina Highways

5:01 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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Guilford County, N.C. - Many people have a story about something they swerved to avoid on the highway.

Debris on the roads is a big problem. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, debris on the road kills about 100 people every year and causes 25,000 crashes.

In Guilford County alone, it's not uncommon for NCDOT crews to fill up four trash trucks with debris from the highways in just one day.

"It's an issue everywhere. Everywhere you travel. Everywhere you go. There's always the possibility there could be something in the roadway that has fallen off of a vehicle or off of another truck or anything," NC Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Ingram said.

NCDOT Division Maintenance Engineer Brad Wall added, "We just ask folks to think about what they're doing when they're doing when they load things on their cars or in the back of their trucks. Make sure it's secured properly and won't fly out."

If you spot something on the road while you're driving, the NC Highway Patrol says you should immediately slow down. Then, check your mirrors and try to move to another lane. Of course, if you're texting, tweeting or fidgeting with the radio, it will be tougher for you to react and increase your chances of getting hurt.

Trash and debris on highway is also expensive to clean-up. In 2012, the NC DOT spent $16 million removing seven million pounds of trash.

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