Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast, NCDOT Now.
NCDOT Works to Integrate Drones into Emergency Response
The department's Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers on a three-day workshop focused on the use of drones during crisis situations.
A better understanding of drone capabilities and regulations will allow emergency management professionals to use this technology not only during disasters, but also as part of their routine operations. One central goal of the workshop was to coordinate communications with the public to prevent drone operators from unintentionally interfering with disaster relief efforts.
The workshop was organized by both the NCDOT Division of Aviation and North Carolina State University's Next Generation Air Transportation Consortium within the school's Institute for Transportation Research and Education. The team is leading research and testing efforts to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System.
North Carolina now has about 15,000 registered drones, nearly double the 8,000 manned aircraft registered in our state.
Fans Don't Let Fans Drink and Drive
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and NCDOT is asking all North Carolinians to make a team effort to drive sober. Remember, fans don't let fans drink and drive. We're smarter than that.
To make sure you get home safely, call a cab or a buddy, ride the bus or app your ride. In addition, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash.
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.