Troopers Fighting Risks of Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere through HEAT Campaign

You’re most likely to die in a car accident in Rock Hill and elsewhere over the next few months.

As a matter of fact, Memorial Day marked the beginning of the 100 deadliest days on our roadways. From now to Labor Day, troopers across the state say that they’re going to be out combing the roads for dangerous drivers, according to Carolina Live.

This 100 day-long campaign is called HEAT, meaning Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are displaying dangerous driving habits, those who aren’t wearing seat belts and for motorcyclists who aren’t wearing a helmet.
According to Highway Patrol Capt. Gil Owens, more than 70 percent of motorcyclists who die in accidents in the state aren’t wearing helmets at the time of the collision. Our Rock Hill accident lawyers are asking motorists of all kinds to be safe on our roadways over the next few months. This includes wearing a seat belt, wearing a helmet, staying calm behind the wheel and following all of our road laws.

According to the Department of Public Safety, state law requires only motorcyclists under the age of 21-years-old to wear a motorcycle helmet. Officials with the Highway Patrol are asking all motorcyclists to wear a helmet — for their life.

Owens also encourages drivers to keep an extra watchful eye out for motorcyclists. Oftentimes, these two-wheeled vehicles get lost in our car’s blind spots. Before making moves in traffic, be sure to look twice.

In addition to helping to keep our motorcyclists safe, the Highway Patrol is also asking all motorists to wear their seat belt. According to recent numbers, nearly 65 percent of people who die in auto accidents are not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Seat belts are required by law, but state troopers say that pulling violators over will not be their first priority.

“This is not a ticket writing initiative, this is a life-saving initiative, so we can save lives,” said Leroy Smith, director of the SC Dept. of Public Safety.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the number of both pedestrian and motorcyclist fatalities so far in 2012 are up. For that reason, troopers are also pushing pedestrian safety. To do so, troopers are giving out thousands of reflective wrist bands for pedestrians to wear. It’s important to make yourself visible when walking along our roadways, especially during the evening and morning hours.

To help to raise awareness about all of these safety efforts, variable message boards across the state will be urging motorists to wear their seat belts, motorcyclists to strap on their helmet and pedestrians to make themselves seen in traffic! Be safe out there during the most dangerous time of the year!

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident in Rock Hill or elsewhere. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

Additional Resources:

HEAT is on for the 100 deadly days of summer, by Joel Allen, Carolina Live

More Blog Entries:

Mock Accident in Asheville Warns Students of Summer Dangers, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, May 19, 2012

B.R.A.K.E.S. Fighting Risks of Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere among Teen Drivers, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, April 26, 2012

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