FEBRUARY 8, 2006 -- Driving in New Hanover County can be downright dangerous. In 2005, the county was ranked number one statewide in collisions and crash-related injuries per mile driven for the sixth year in a row. Speeding, running red lights, driving under the influence and cell phone use are all contributing factors.
Many drivers have forgotten even the basic rules they were taught when learning to drive, like leaving enough braking-distance between them and the car in front of them, and the concept of driving in the right lane and leaving the left lane for passing slower traffic and making left turns.
You've seen those drivers. They get out in the left lane, drive 10 miles-per-hour slower than the speed limit and stay there. Or they pull out from a side street, cross the right lane and plant themselves in the left lane for the duration. Frustrated drivers behind them pass on the right creating an even more dangerous situation.
There's no single solution to the high accident rate here, but we suggest starting with one basic lesson. Drive right, pass left. It'll help lower accident rates and our car insurance rates.