The bad news, according to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, is that the number of crashes has gone up in 2013 to 220,271 compared to the 2012 total of 213,605. (The 2013 stats are the latest most complete information that is currently available to the department.)
- The good news is that the number of fatal crashes for the year is down to 1,158 compared to 1,190 in 2012 and injury crashes were also down to 69,547 compared to 70,109 the year before. About 1,260 people were killed compared to 1,262 in 2012. About 108,436 people were injured compared to 110,406 the year before.
- Crashes for teen drivers ages 15 to 19 were up to 41,373 compared to 40,717 the year before. The number of fatal crashes was down to 60 from 70 in 2012 and so was the number of injuries at 8,962 down from 9,372.
- About 4.9 percent of the crashes, or 10,769 incidents, involved alcohol. However, drinking while driving contributed to 7.1 percent of the injuries and a staggering 28 percent of the fatalities.
- Speed was a factor in 32.8 percent of the crashes, or 72,160 incidents. Speed was involved in 31 percent of the deaths and 36.9 percent of the injuries.
- Wake County contained 72 of the fatalities, followed by 69 in Mecklenburg County and 48 in Guilford County.
- The most dangerous month was November with 22,124 crashes in 2013. Ranking second was October with 19,830 collisions and January with 19,651. The deadliest month was October with 123 fatalities, followed by August with 121 and June with 113.