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NC ranks eighth by AAA in recent report on rural road fatalities

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Accidents and crash fatalities can happen in the blink of an eye. According to Trooper Doug Coley, distracted driving plays a bigger role than you might think.

"If you take your eyes off the road at 60 miles per hours, you're traveling at about 88 feet per second, so in about 4 seconds, you go the length of a football field and a lot of things can happen if you're distracted and not looking at the roadway," Coley said. Distracted driving is just one reason Coley gave about why our roads can be so dangerous. Speeding and impatience are others. "People get impatient sometimes on secondary roads and are not able to pass and may pass in an area where they're not supposed to be passing," Coley said. "So we're looking for those violations as well." It's all an effort to keep you safer on our roads, and there's work to do. TRIP just released a study showing our state ranks as the eighth worst state for secondary road fatalities. "When you talk about rural roads, we're talking about a ton of roads that a lot of times are poorly lit," AAA spokesperson Tiffany Wright said. "They don't have the safety features that allow tiny mistakes from becoming catastrophic mistakes." These mistakes can kill, too. So far in 2017, Pitt County had 2,474 total crashes, 10 fatalities, 1,160 injuries and a 1.62 fatality rate. "We definitely don't want to be in the top 10," Wright said. "We don't even want to be on the list at all so definitely it kind of points out that there's some work that needs to be done and it addresses these issues"

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