In December, the driver of a pickup truck was allegedly speeding and distracted when he smashed his truck into the front of a Greensboro bakery. Incredibly, none of the staff or customers inside were hurt, but the driver did cause about $70,000 worth of damage.
Then last month in Wilmington, a 25-year-old driver involved in a domestic dispute was shot in the face by a 36-year-old man in a grocery store parking lot. The younger driver then crashed his vehicle into a Sam’s Food Mart. Also last month, four people were injured when a vehicle slammed into the front of a Quick Mart convenience store in Wilmington.
These incidents are reported on by the media as if they are somewhat rare. In truth, they happen a lot. In fact, the Storefront Safety Council reports such incidents occur 60 times daily in the U.S., injuring more than 4,000 people a year and killing more than 500. What’s especially troubling about this is there are no state or national standards that require bollards in front of stores, though some municipalities do have their own ordinances. Only recently, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) set a new standard for identifying and labeling specially-tested, high-quality bollards and barriers. Continue reading