A proposal in the North Carolina General Assembly would eliminate the state’s annual vehicle inspection program. If passed, House Bill 59 would remove the requirement that owners have their automobiles examined on a yearly basis. It would also save drivers the $13.60 they must pay for the annual inspection. A requirement for emissions testing would not be eliminated.
Although the proposal appears to be gaining support in the North Carolina House, opponents are concerned that abandoning inspections will make the state’s roads more dangerous.
In fact, opponents of the legislation have cited South Carolina’s decision to throw out its safety inspections. After South Carolina stopped requiring annual vehicle check-ups in 1995, it has regularly been listed as one of the top five states for serious car accidents.
South Carolina ended its inspection program due to complaints from garages and mechanics that the cost of these examinations exceeded the $2.50 they received for each vehicle.
But defenders of inspections believe compelling drivers to have their cars looked over each year ensures that their vehicles receive the repairs they need. This is especially the case as automobiles age. When cars are inspected and repaired regularly, they are less prone to endangering other drivers, passengers and pedestrians on roads and streets.
Reasons for South Carolina’s High Accident Rate
While the lack of vehicle inspections could be one reason for South Carolina’s high automobile accident rate, other factors may also contribute. As a rural state, South Carolina has many country roads. And unfortunately, 55 percent of automobile fatalities occur in rural areas, where people tend to drive faster and medical assistance may not arrive immediately.
With fewer police officers assigned to rural areas, intoxicated drivers, speeders and those who don’t wear seatbelts are also less likely to be caught. These conditions may come together to make collisions happen at a higher rate.
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