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
Obey the Sign or Pay the FineEnforcement Blitz Launched
Last year, speeding was a contributing factor in 23 percent of all fatal crashes in North Carolina, and 322 people died as a result of these crashes. To reduce these fatalities, the
Governor's Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, launched a speed enforcement campaign on March 24, called
Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine to remind motorists that the posted speed limit is the law. The enforcement blitz runs through April 3.
N.C. Quick Pass Spring Promotion
N.C. Quick Pass is offering a special promotion this spring and is cutting the cost of its hardcase transponders in half to just $10 from now until June 20. The transponder can be used for a discounted rate when traveling on the Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh area. Through partnerships with E-Z Pass, Georgia's Peach Pass, and Florida's Sun Pass, it can also be used in 16 other states.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants Awarded to Nine Communities
NCDOT recently awarded
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning grants to nine communities to help them develop a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities. Grant recipients were selected from a pool of 17 applicants by an awards committee comprised of transportation planners from the local and regional level, as well as NCDOT staff. This year's recipients include:
- Carolina Beach;
- Currituck County;
- Flat Rock;
- Laurel Park;
- Newton; and
Now in its thirteenth year, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Program has provided more than $4 million to 173 communities.
New Watch for Me NC Campaign Partners Announced
As part of an effort to improve bicycling and walking in our state, NCDOT partners with communities from the mountains to the coast as part of
Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive statewide safety campaign aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. NCDOT received applications from communities interested in implementing Watch for Me NC programs for 2016, and selected the following new partners:
- Kannapolis; and
- City of Brevard/Transylvania County.
These communities join existing partners from previous years who will continue to work with Watch for Me NC. As campaign partners, they will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as specialized police officer training.