Haywood County has some of the safest roads in the state, according to AAA Carolina’s 20th annual ranking of the most dangerous counties for traffic.
Rural Counties remain the killing grounds for traffic deaths in North Carolina. Despite a reduction in traffic deaths in 2013 and less traffic on the road, three people on average die every day in the state in a traffic crash, according to the study.
Pedestrian deaths represent one in six of every traffic fatality in the state, with the majority of these deaths occurring in the more heavily traveled urban areas.
Graham County had 180 crashes and four deaths, despite having less than one tenth of one percent of the total vehicle miles traveled in the state, making it the top county with highest probability of being in a fatal crash, based on AAA’s analysis of 2013 data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Traffic deaths have been declining annually since 2010 in North Carolina – 1,162 last year, aided by safer cars, fewer miles driven and amped up law enforcement.
Graham, Alleghany, Alexander, Bladen and Vance counties top AAA’s list of dangerous counties for traffic fatalities last year. The five counties combined for 40 traffic deaths, despite having only two percent of the state’s total vehicle miles traveled.