Travel tips for the Thanksgiving weekend; hop on board North Carolina's Amtrak this weekend for an alternative to driving; and DMV employee receives 2015 Governor's Award for Excellence in Heroism.
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
As families travel over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving celebrations, NCDOT will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.
During the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program's Thanksgiving "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which begins Monday, Nov. 23, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 29, law enforcement officers across the state will be out day and night to keep those who drive our highways safe. November remains one of the top months for unbelted fatalities, particularly among 18-34 year-old males. The fine for not using your seatbelt recently increased to $179 from $161.
Leave your car at home and let someone else do the driving. Take North Carolina's Amtrak this holiday weekend and leave the stress of fighting traffic behind. Get your tickets now at ncbytrain.org.
License and Theft Bureau Inspector Talaya D. Vaughn of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles was honored with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Heroism for her July 2014 rescue of a crash victim from a burning vehicle. She received the award in an afternoon ceremony at North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
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