Gator Getters help maintenance crews safely clear roads, Fall Litter Sweep is just around the corner, and Child Passenger Safety Week aims to educate parents and kids on how to buckle up safely
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
Have you ever driven down the road and noticed trash along the route? It could be big pieces of tires, trash bags or even debris from accidents located in the median or in the lanes. All that can be very dangerous for NCDOT maintenance crews to pick up.
The Gator Getter is a high-speed highway debris removal tool that is custom built to attach to heavy-duty trucks. The device collects debris from general trash to remnants of blown-out tractor-trailer tires and car tires, and it works similar to a snowplow. The driver travels around 55 mph, lowers the device and scoops up the debris. Because the Gator Getter travels with traffic, NCDOT crews can avoid having to provide traffic control or close lanes for rubble removal.
NCDOT's Fall Litter Sweep is just around the corner, and now is the time to volunteer to help keep roads clean in your area. The statewide Fall Litter Sweep runs from Sept. 19 through Oct. 3.
Volunteers, highway crews, inmates and others will participate in sprucing up litter-prone highways in all 100 counties. For more information about Litter Sweep and to sign up, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit www.ncdot.gov/~littersweep
Sept. 13-19 is Child Passenger Safety Week. As part of this week-long education and enforcement campaign, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program will be holding events to increase awareness of proper child seat safety.
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