CONCORD -The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program kicked off the third annual Highway Safety Symposium yesterday in Concord. The four-day event aims to reduce dangerous crashes and improve safety on North Carolina roadways.
Gov. Pat McCrory opened the event, sharing insight on the importance of toughening the state's distracted driving laws and recognizing his new task force on impaired driving.
"We thank Gov. McCrory for being a vital advocate for our efforts to improve the safety of motorists who travel our 80,000 miles of highway," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "His dedication to highway safety, in conjunction with the strong efforts of those who enforce the laws, is making a real difference in our state."
Gov. McCrory was joined by Col. William Grey, Commander of the NC State Highway Patrol; Nick Tennyson, Chief Deputy Secretary of Support at NCDOT; and Don Nail, Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. The panel answered a variety of highway safety-related questions during the opening session.
More than 600 law enforcement officers, district attorneys, magistrates and judges from across the state are gathered in Concord to share new ideas and build relationships as they work to keep North Carolina's highways safe. Local and national highway safety experts will present on topics, including texting while driving, bicycle and pedestrian issues, ignition interlocks and many more.
The Highway Safety Symposium will conclude on Thursday, Jan. 16, with the Governor's Highway Safety Program's awards luncheon.