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DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) North Carolina has some of the deadliest rural roads in the country, according to a national study.
The study by TRIP, a national transportation research group, found the Tar Heel State had 855 deaths on rural roads in 2015, which is the latest year of data. The number ranked North Carolina third in the country.
Only Texas and California tallied more rural-road deaths.
TRIP said fatal crashes on rural roads were more common than in urban areas because there are fewer roadway safety features, longer emergency response times and higher speed limits. Narrow lanes and two-lane roads also contributed to the problem.
First Sgt. Chad Parks with NC Highway Patrol says, “One of the largest contributing circumstances that we have on rural paved roads, for that matter all roads, is speed. Speed is a major contributing factor its also a compounding factor.”
Parks also says attention is crucial. “When you take your eyes off the road to pay attention to a celluar device obviously your attention is not focused on operating the vehicle.”
As more people get set to hit the roads for the Fourth of July holiday, Parks hopes everyone keeps safety in mind and obeys traffic signs to help stay safe while traveling.