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This Week at N.C. Transportation: Governor Pat McCrory Proclaims April Distracted Driving and Work Zone Safety Awareness Month

NCDOT announces Wildflower Award winners

RALEIGH - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Governor McCrory Proclaims April Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed April Distracted Driving Awareness Month to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road. Last year in North Carolina, 159 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. This is a 10.4-percent increase over the previous year. It is also estimated that more than 27,000 additional people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, but texting or typing on a mobile device is the most dangerous distraction. It also is against the law in North Carolina. The Governor's Highway Safety Program has launched an education campaign to get drivers to put down their phones. The goal of this campaign is simple -to save lives by getting drivers to remember that "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All."

Governor McCrory Proclaims April Work Zone Safety Awareness Month

April also marks the start of highway construction season, which means more work will be taking place along North Carolina highways. There were more than 18,000 crashes and 88 fatalities in work zones across North Carolina from 2011 to 2015. Last year, 19 people died as a result of work zone crashes -three workers and 16 motorists. To increase awareness for work zone safety for both highway workers and the travelling public, Governor McCrory also proclaimed April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month and designated April 11-15, 2016, as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. NCDOT is reminding motorists to "Drive Smart. Do Your Part." Slow down, stay alert and expect the unexpected in work zones.

NCDOT Announces Wildflower Award Winners

NCDOT's Wildflower Program is popular with travelers, receiving hundreds of comments of praise each year from residents and visitors. The wildflower beds are also a source of pride for the department staff who oversee the program, which is funded through the sale of personalized license plates and direct contributions

The 2015 NCDOT Wildflower Awards were presented by N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and The Garden Club of North Carolina at the monthly Board of Transportation meeting Thursday in Raleigh. The awards, sponsored by the Garden Club, recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state's highways. Awards are given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state, as well as the best overall highway division wildflower program.


8/21/2018 11:11 AM