Fairgoers visit Safety City, sign the BeRailSafe pledge and learn about the department's environmental initiatives
The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here
NCDOT at the N.C. State Fair
The department has an active presence at the N.C. State Fair each year and uses it as an opportunity to talk about safety on our roads and our rails, as well as about other great programs at the department. This year fairgoers could visit Safety City with the Governor's Highway Safety Program, as well as exhibits with the Rail Division and Roadside Environmental Unit.
This year at Safety City, Secretary Tennyson participated in a press conference with GHSP leadership and representatives from Johnston County Teen Drivers for Teen Driver Safety Week.
Teen Driver Safety Week is an initiative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that seeks to educate teen drivers on the importance of practicing safe driving techniques and to encourage parents to engage with their children before they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson visited the BeRailSafe booth at the N.C. State Fair to sign a pledge stating his commitment to rail safety. The pledge encourages people not to trespass on railroad tracks, to cross them only at public crossings and to look both ways to be sure a train is not coming.
Trespassing on railroad tracks is dangerous and illegal. Walking on or along railroad tracks in North Carolina without the consent of the railroad company is a misdemeanor. It can also be deadly -already this year, 21 people have been killed walking on railroad tracks across the state.
For more information on N.C. Transportation Now, contact the N.C. Transportation Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on N.C. Transportation's online newsroom