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West Virginia State Police disfavor the term 'accident'

As is the case in other parts of the country, auto accidents are an ongoing problem in West Virginia. While accidents are common throughout the state, some areas have an especially high number of accidents, relative to other parts West Virginia. Recently, police have been targeting one of these accident hot spots.

The West Virginia State Police are increasing their patrols of Interstate 64 between Charleston and Huntington. They explain that car accidents on that stretch of highway have increased during the past few months, hence the need for an increased police presence.

Interestingly, the State Police no longer use the term "accident" when referring to these car collisions that have been occurring on Interstate 64. They explain that accident is an inappropriate word because people can avoid car crashes by making safety more of a priority. Instead, drivers often allow themselves to become distracted by talking on the phone, texting or doing any number of other things besides paying attention to the road.

In addition to distracted driving, State Police cite speeding as another general cause of car accidents in West Virginia. One lieutenant noted that today's culture lends to people being in a constant hurry, which can lead people to speed while they are driving.

Driving is inherently dangerous enough as it is, without people being distracted or violating traffic laws while behind the wheel of a vehicle. No text message, phone call or shortage of time is worth a driver risking his or her own life and safety, as well as that of everyone with whom he or she shares the road. No matter what stretch of highway or road where a person is traveling, safety should always be the driver's main focus.

Source: WSAZ New Channel 3, "State Police Increase Patrols on Interstate 64," Nov. 4, 2015

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