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Mitchell Doub Wants Statewide School Delay Policy

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Pfafftown, NC -- It's been two years since 19-year-old Nick Doub hit a patch of black ice, drove off the road down an embankment and hit a tree.

READ: Reagan Student Dies After Thursday Wreck

He was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center but died three days later.

The accident happened on Balsom Road, less than half a mile from Reagan High School in Pfafftown.  The roads weren't salted that morning, school was not delayed and there is not a guardrail on that road.

Nick's father wanted to address these areas so accidents like his son's could be prevented but he didn't know where to start so WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower went looking for answers.

READ: Father Tells Parents: Please Teach Your Kids Dangers of Black Ice

One month before Nick's accident, Mitchell Doub took him out driving to teach him about the dangers of black ice.

On the morning of his accident, Mitchell says his son did everything right, just like he taught him. 

"Had there been a two hour delay Nick probably would be alive, and had there been guard rails at that spot, nick probably would have been alive," explained Mitchell Doub, Nick's father. "So let your kids know they can do everything correctly but they still have to be on top of things and anticipate."

News 2 took Mitchell's request for a guardrail to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Thursday, crews were out there investigating the area.

It will take at least 3 weeks for the entire survey process to be complete, but JP Couch with DOT says he can already tell the spot will be a challenge.

"Obviously when you're dealing with a fatality which we wish didn't happen, to the family, there is no amount of money you wouldn't spent to save that life but we basically have to look at each case, prioritize them, see what those costs come in at and then compare those to the other projects that we have and see where it comes out and hopefully you do get funding to do that," explained Couch.

Mitchell Doub also wants a statewide weather delay policy.

When there are winter advisories, he wants the state to require districts to delay school by at least two hours.

Representative Marcus Brandon, D-Guildford County, says it's an idea he supports.

He thinks it would be smart for the state to establish a mandatory precaution, but says it may be hard to enforce or even pass.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools says they are open to discussing the possibility of setting a winter weather delay policy.

Currently, they make a judgement call based on the weather and road conditions.

A spokesman told me this idea isn't on their radar but if someone submits such an idea the school board would look at it. 

Because of his son's accident, Mitchell makes his daughter take the long way to school when the weather is icy to avoid the spot where Nick crashed.

WFMY News 2

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