JANUARY 26, 2006 -- North Carolina roads are safer than they were one year ago.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says fatal accidents were down from 2004 to 2005, dropping about 3.5%. Alcohol-related deaths dropped nearly 10%. Overall, accidents and injuries are down across the state as well.
Sgt. Carlton Albritton says speed is still the leading cause of traffic accidents in the state.
Meanwhile, New Hanover County remains one of the more dangerous counties in North Carolina. According to AAA Carolinas, the county leads the way when it comes to being in a collision and being injured.