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1/13/2017: NCDOT Annual Customer Service Survey Extended Until Jan. 31

NCDOT Annual Customer Service Survey Extended Until Jan. 31

Posted 1/13/2017 2:49:38 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has extended the deadline for citizens to participate in its second annual customer survey until Jan. 31. All citizen feedback will be collected online. Citizens wishing to participate can visit go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete, and the survey link is mobile-friendly. The N.C. General Assembly requires the survey to gauge how well the transportation department provides high-quality customer service. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer-focused. The results will be available to the public on NCDOT.gov in 2017. ***NCDOT***
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1/13/2017: This Week at NCDOT: Snow and Ice Response

This Week at NCDOT: Snow and Ice Response

Posted 1/13/2017 1:18:30 PM

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now. NCDOT Responds to Snow and Ice Nearly all 100 North Carolina counties received snow and ice earlier this week, and NCDOT crews were hard at work clearing the state’s roads to get traffic safely moving again. More than 2,500 state transportation employees and contractors used roughly 1,600 vehicles to treat and plow roadways. With nearly 80,000 miles of state-maintained roads to clear, the department focuses on interstates and heavily travelled primary routes first, followed by lower volume primary and secondary roads. Crews applied about 60,000 tons of salt and more than 22,000 tons of a salt and sand mixture, which helps melt ice and provide traction. Excessively cold temperatures that dropped into the teens and single digits overnight in many areas made road clearing efforts more challenging. Salt is not effective below about 18 degrees, so any snow and ice that had melted during the day froze again overnight. Gov. Cooper Names Jim Trogdon to Lead NCDOT Gov. Roy Cooper has nominated Jim Trogdon, an engineer with decades of leadership in state government and the military, to serve as secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation. Trogdon served as NCDOT's chief operating officer, among other positions at the department, before his retirement in 2013, and has also served as director of Strategic Transportation Planning for the North Carolina General Assembly. He leaves his current work at SAS Institute as national transportation director to lead NCDOT. Trogdon’s appointment must be confirmed by the state senate. The governor named NCDOT's chief engineer, Mike Holder, as acting secretary of the department in the interim.  ***NCDOT***
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1/12/2017: State Arrests 2,664 Impaired Drivers Over the Holidays

State Arrests 2,664 Impaired Drivers Over the Holidays

Posted 1/12/2017 12:52:12 PM

RALEIGH – The annual Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign removed thousands of impaired drivers from roadways.  State and local law enforcement arrested and charged 2,664 drivers for driving while impaired, of which 2,400 were alcohol-related and 264 were drug-related.  “The safety of those traveling on our roads is our top priority,” GHSP Director Don Nail said. “Removing just one impaired driver from our roads can save a life and during this campaign, law enforcement removed 116 impaired drivers on average each day.” During the four-week campaign, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina issued 108,951 traffic and criminal violations at 8,439 sobriety-checking stations and saturation patrols. The number of fatalities resulting from an impaired driver dropped 16.7 percent compared to 2015, with 359 deaths in North Carolina in 2016. The Booze It & Lose It education and enforcement campaign has created increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as the penalties associated with driving while impaired for the past 22 years. “It is encouraging to see that impaired driving fatalities decreased last year.  I believe this trend demonstrates that people are becoming more responsible and making the decision to not drive while impaired,” continued Nail. The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign were: 1. Wake County: 247 2. Guilford County: 177 3. Mecklenburg County: 162 4. Cumberland County: 117 5. Forsyth County: 110 The N.C. Department of Transportation and GHSP reminded motorists to use the mobile website BeSmarterThanThat.com to help them find a safe way home before drinking.  The “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.” marketing campaign aims to prevent impaired driving by reminding our citizens to designate a sober driver, download a ride app, find public transportation options, or call a taxi to get home safe.  For more information regarding Booze It & Lose It activities and county totals, contact Jonathan Bandy at (919) 814-3657 or visit the ghsp.nc.gov. ***NCDOT***  
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1/3/2017: Governor Cooper Names Trogdon to Lead NCDOT

Governor Cooper Names Trogdon to Lead NCDOT

Posted 1/3/2017 2:40:30 PM

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper on Monday named Jim Trogdon, an engineer with decades of leadership in state government and the military, to lead the N.C. Department of Transportation.   Trogdon had served as NCDOT's chief operating officer before his retirement in 2013 and as director of Strategic Transportation Planning for the N.C. General Assembly. He leaves his current work at SAS Institute as national transportation director to lead NCDOT.   “Jim Trogdon knows North Carolina’s transportation successes and challenges better than anyone, and he will bring technical know-how and smart solutions to the job,” Cooper said. “Our state’s growing population and business climate need good roads and smart mass transit, and he will lead the way.”   Trogdon, a native of Hope Mills, is a major general who holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as two civil engineering degrees from North Carolina State University.   Cooper on Monday also installed NCDOT's chief engineer, Mike Holder, as interim secretary of NCDOT while the process for appointing cabinet secretaries is completed.   “We’re hitting the ground running by making sure veteran managers are in place across state agencies,” Cooper said. “I’m grateful these experienced public servants have agreed to serve temporarily.”  
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12/6/2016: Don’t Let Your Drone Land You on the Naughty List this Holiday Season

Don’t Let Your Drone Land You on the Naughty List this Holiday Season

Posted 12/6/2016 4:27:31 PM

RALEIGH – One of the gifts most likely to top wish lists for kids and adults alike this holiday season is a drone. Retailers estimate as many as 1.2 million unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, will be sold by the end of December, a 112 percent increase over last year. The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help recreational drone operators stay off the naughty list with a set of safety tips. “Flying a drone is thrilling and fun, but it can also be dangerous if not used responsibly,” Aviation Division Director Bobby Walston said. “These guidelines help ensure the safety of people in the air and on the ground while enjoying this activity.” State officials and industry groups have established a number of safety guidelines for recreational drone use that should be followed before taking to the skies: Always fly below an altitude of 400 feet and fly within your direct line of sight. Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport, near stadiums or other public events, or for compensation. Do not fly drones that weigh more than 55 pounds. Do not fly at night, even if your drone is equipped with lights. Do take lessons before flying. Most people who receive a drone this holiday season will use it solely for recreational purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration requires drone owners to register their drone at online at registermyuas.faa.gov. Failure to register carries civil and criminal penalties. Drone operators should keep in mind that North Carolina has laws governing drone use, whether it be for recreational, commercial or government purposes. Current and potential drone owners can find more information about state and federal drone regulations on the Division of Aviation’s website at ncdot.gov/aviation/uas.
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