Stay safe when traveling in the dark, keep an eye out for deer on the road and learn how you can help keep roads safe and free of litter
The following are highlights from this 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
The upcoming weekend not only includes Halloween on Saturday, but marks the end of daylight saving time. The extra hour of daylight in the evening we picked up in early March will be going away until March 2016, as we move our clocks one hour back, effective at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
This means we will be moving that hour of daylight from the evening back to the morning. Just as importantly, that also means drivers, pedestrians and cyclists need to start paying extra attention to their surroundings as evening approaches. For many people, the time change means the commute home, or the evening walk, run or bike ride will take place in the dusk or even darkness of night.
The Governor's Highway Safety Program and N.C. Transportation are launching the annual Halloween "BOO-ze It & Lose It" campaign on Friday, reminding drivers that if you drink and drive, there could be grave consequences. The Halloween "BOO-ze It & Lose It" campaign runs through Sunday, Nov. 1.
As the temperature starts dropping and leaves start falling, another sign of the changing season is more deer along North Carolina roadways, and in turn a greater chance of a collision with a deer. Over the last three years (between 2012-2014), nearly half of the 58,372 animal-related crashes in the state took place in October through December. About 90 percent of those involved deer.
NCDOT has administered the Adopt-A-Highway program since 1988. In 2014, groups collected more than 3.5 million pounds of litter along 9,000 miles of state roads, saving taxpayers more than $4.4 million. Adopt-A-Highway groups have saved taxpayers $14.6 million in the past three years alone.
This week, NCDOT recognized 76 Adopt-A-Highway groups from Division Five (Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties) for their dedicated service to the program.
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