Not every person who uses roads does so behind the safety of a car wheel. Pedestrians and bicyclists also share the roads, and they have a right to do so safely. Unfortunately, their lives can be put in serious danger when there is a negligent, reckless driver who fails to take seriously their responsibility to watch out for others.
If you asked people in the car making industry the question in this headline, you might be surprised to hear that the answer could actually be, "yes." Carmakers are becoming increasingly confident in automated driving features, and some have stated that eventually, drivers will not be held accountable for crashes.
Every driver knows there are things we do behind the wheel that put ourselves and others in danger, and we know these things because there are laws in place to say that we should not do them. For instance, we know we shouldn't drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher and we know that we can get ticketed for texting and driving, as both behaviors are against the law.
Roadways are not just for motor vehicles. Of course, cars and trucks dominate most roads, but pedestrians and bicyclists also have rights and responsibilities to keep in mind. When everyone makes smart, safe decisions, pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and everyone on the road is safer.
Every time you get behind the wheel of your car, you likely run a few mental checks to ensure you are being safe. You put your seat belt on, obey the speed limit and put your phone away; you might also decide to refrain from driving if you are very tired or have been drinking.
With Memorial Day behind us, kids all across North Carolina are more than ready to finish school and enjoy a much-needed summer break. For parents, however, this time of year isn't always as relaxing as it can be for our kids.