CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 21, 2018) – AAA Carolinas is applauding the students of UNC-Pembroke for their efforts to cut down on traffic fatalities in Robeson County, which has the highest number of fatalities in the state on a per capita basis.
Pembroke students are raising awareness about the epidemic through stickers on their car bumpers and other public places such as on their laptops. The stickers done the hashtag #Hero4Zero and those who proudly display them have committed to:
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Only drive sober and alert.
- Keep their eyes on the road and their minds on driving.
“No county wants to lead the state in traffic fatalities per capita,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “We commend the students of UNC-Pembroke for their recognition of an important cause and their dedication to bring this statistic down for the good of their home-county.”
Robeson County makes up only 1% of North Carolina’s population but it has an average of 43 traffic fatalities each year, according to the NCDOT. More than 42% of the county’s crashes involve victims that were not buckled, compared to the state-wide average of 30%.