NORTH CAROLINA - AAA Carolinas has released its annual ranking of the most dangerous counties for traffic in North Carolina.
BEST CHANCE OF BEING IN A COLLISION:
Out of the 100 counties in North Carolina, Pitt County is ranked number one as the county where traffic collisions are mostly likely, according to AAA Carolinas' 20th annual ranking released Friday.
With 4,572 traffic crashes in 2013, Pitt County averages 318 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
New Hanover County is ranked second, averaging 293 crashes per 100 VMT, followed by Vance County (273), Person County (270) and Stanly County 264).
Pitt has been ranked the most dangerous county for having traffic collisions of any type for the past six years, AAA Carolinas said.
BEST CHANCE OF BEING IN AN INJURIOUS CRASH:
In terms of the amount of crashes causing injuries, Graham County is ranked number one. Pitt County is ranked number two, followed by New Hanover County, Gaston County and Hoke County.
BEST CHANCE OF BEING IN A FATAL CRASH:
Graham, Alleghany, Alexander, Bladen and Vance Counties top AAA's list of most dangerous N.C. counties for traffic fatalities last year. The five counties combined for 40 traffic deaths, despite having only 2 percent of the state's total vehicle miles traveled, AAA Carolinas stated.
Behind Texas and California, North Carolina ranked third in the nation for the most non-interstate rural road traffic deaths, with 844 fatalities, according to 2012 federal data.
HIGHEST NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES:
The North Carolina County with the highest total number of fatal crashes last year was Mecklenburg County, with 61, according to the AAA Carolina's report. That's down from 68 in 2012.
BEST CHANCE OF NOT BEING IN A COLLISION:
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Polk County is ranked as the safest county in terms of traffic collisions, followed by Haywood, Camden, Jackson and Swain Counties.
BEST CHANCE OF NOT BEING IN A FATAL CRASH:
In terms of the least amount of fatal crashes last year, Pasquotank, Washington, Warren, Tyrrell, Hyde, Chowan Counties all had zero fatalities in 2013. They are ranked in that order based on total vehicle mil=es traveled, which was highest in Pasquotank County.
An average of three people die every day in traffic crashes in North Carolina, according to the AAA Carolinas report. There were 1,162 traffic deaths in the state last year, a number that has been declining since 2010.
The total number of crashes in the state in 2013 was 220,524, up from 213,856 in 2012.