Statewide roadeo winner is announced, the STOC helps keep traffic moving, and more than 1,700 DWI arrests made during "Operation Firecracker"
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
This year's title for NCDOT's annual Equipment Operator Roadeo went to the heavy equipment operators at Division Four, hailing from Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties. They displayed a dominating performance that won the highest cumulative points at the event Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The Statewide Transportation Operations Center, or STOC, is a logistics hub where traffic specialists monitor roadways throughout the state and work directly with emergency response agencies to respond to accidents and keeps traffic moving.
As construction work progresses on the Fortify I-40/I-440 Rebuild project in south Raleigh, the STOC is playing an important role to help keep traffic flowing smoothly in the 8.5-mile work zone along I-40.
State and local law enforcement officers arrested 1,785 drunk drivers during "Operation Firecracker," the Governor's Highway Safety Program's July Fourth holiday "Booze It & Lose It" enforcement campaign.
During the enforcement period of June 26 through July 5, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina issued 63,477 traffic and criminal violations during 6,571 sobriety-checking stations and saturation patrols.
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