Raleigh - The below 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.
Speed a Little. Lose a Lot.
NCDOT wants to remind drivers to obey posted speed limits to keep yourself and others safe. In 2016, speeding was a contributing factor in nearly 19,000 crashes in North Carolina, resulting in 369 fatalities.
In addition, 88% of all speeding-related traffic fatalities in the state were on non-interstate roadways -where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or less.
"Eighty-eight percent of fatal crashes occur on the two-lane non-interstate roadways," said Don Nail, Governor's Highway Safety Program Director. "Those are the most dangerous roads to travel, especially if your speed is in excess of the posted speed limit or safe conditions."
Speeding can have dangerous consequences including:
reducing a driver's ability to avoid obstacles in the roadway
extending the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop
increasing the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a hazard
limiting other Drivers' and pedestrians' ability to correctly judge distance
The Governor's Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, launched a speed enforcement campaign this week called "Speed a Little. Lose a Lot". The campaign runs through April 23. Remember, the posted speed limit is the law.
Spring Litter Sweep
The Spring Litter Sweep is April 15 -29. Volunteers across the state will be donating their time to helping keep North Carolina beautiful. Local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work with NCDOT every spring and fall to increase cleanup along our roadways.
In 2016, more than 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups removed more than 2,500 tons of litter from nearly 10,000 miles of North Carolina roads. Learn more about the Litter Sweep and Adopt-A-Highway on the Roadside Environmental website.
Ferry Spring Schedule
The Ferry Division switched to its new spring schedule this week.