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This Week at NCDOT: Ferry Crews Assist Boater in Distress

Ferry crews assist boater in Neuse River, DMV debuts First in Freedom License Plate, Charles S. Felts Highway dedicated in Wilkes County and N.C. Amtrak offers way to explore the state with your kids this summer
RALEIGH - 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, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Ferry Division crews from the M/V Chicamacomico this Fourth of July came to the assistance of a boater in distress along the Neuse River in Pamlico County. Crews who were loading cars onto the ferry near Minnesott Beach saw a nearby boater who had capsized and quickly launched a rescue boat to assist and bring him to safety. This was the third rescue made by Ferry Division crews in less than two years.
NCDMV recently unveiled a new "First in Freedom" state license recognizing our state's historic role in founding the United States. The plate features an amber quill pen, symbolic of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves, as well as the dates of these two events. To learn how to get your First in Freedom plate, visit the NCDMV website.
A five-mile stretch of N.C. 18 in North Wilkesboro is now named for a legendary lawman known for arresting thousands of moonshiners. The late Charles Felts spent more than 30 years as an agent with the Alcohol Tax Unit. Felts is credited with making more than 2,500 arrests, and destroying 70,000 gallons of illicit whiskey and five million gallons of mash.
Looking for something to do during the week while your kids are out of school this summer? Through August 27, kids ages 2-12 can ride for just $5 to any destination within North Carolina on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when accompanied by a paid adult. Come explore the unique downtowns of our state, with 11 stops including Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Rocky Mount.
This spring, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of North Carolina's Amtrak Piedmont train, NCDOT's Rail Division launched its new Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi Service. The addition of Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi ensures complete wireless internet services to passengers traveling between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi service allows passengers non-stop access to surf the web, check and respond to email, engage in social media and stay connected while traveling on the 174-mile corridor.
For more information on North Carolina Amtrak services, visit
For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT's online newsroom.


2/15/2018 5:22 PM