Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
New Board of Transportation Members
Nine new members were sworn in to the N.C. Board of Transportation this week, bringing years of experience and commitment to serving our state.
The N.C. Board of Transportation makes decisions about statewide transportation priorities and funding allocations.
There are 19 members of the board. Fourteen represent NCDOT's geographical divisions, while five at-large members represent:
State ports and aviation;
Government-related finance & accounting; and
Governor Roy Cooper appointed the new board members. They will serve four-year terms and will work with NCDOT employees to make important decisions about transportation priorities.
The board elected Michael S. Fox as its chair and Nina Szlosberg-Landis as vice chair.
"I would like to work with the secretary and the board and all of our NCDOT staff to deliver projects on time and on budget and also improve the safety on all of our modes of transportation, as well as reduce congestion and make people's lives better in North Carolina," said Mike Fox, N.C. Board of Transportation chairman.
More information about the board and its members can be found at ncdot.gov/about/board.
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, which means cyclists, drivers and pedestrians need to be alert during the morning commute.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the change in time causes drowsy drivers to have more than 100,000 crashes each year.
The administration also estimates that the dark early morning commute results in more than 1,500 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year.
Here are some tips to keep you and others safe springing forward:
Get adequate sleep before driving and take a break every two hours on long trips;
Bring a passenger with you to share time behind the wheel;
Be aware of medications that could cause drowsiness;
Look for bicyclists and pedestrians along the roadway.
For bicyclists and pedestrians:
Wear brightly colored clothing with fluorescent or reflective gear;
When riding at sunrise, bicyclists are now required to have a light on the front that can be seen 100 yards away, and have a red lamp or mirror on the back;
Cyclists should drive in the same direction as vehicles;
And to see oncoming drivers, pedestrians should walk facing traffic and walk in the crosswalks, where they are more visible.