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This Week at NCDOT: Railroad Safety and Litter Sweep



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.

Railroad Safety
You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate or on an airport runway, so why consider standing on railroad tracks to get that one shot? With prom and graduation season approaching, the department is urging people to not take photos on railroad tracks.

Because of new technology, approaching trains are much quieter than expected, so students should not assume they’ll hear one coming. In addition, railroad tracks are private property and using them for photo backdrops is illegal. Remember, see tracks…think train.

A printable poster with the above safety messaging is available here. For more railroad safety information, visit

Litter Sweep Signups
The annual statewide litter sweep is taking place from April 13-27.

Volunteers are needed to help remove litter from roadsides, keeping North Carolina both beautiful and safe. Participants will be provided clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from their local NCDOT County Maintenance Yard offices.

NCDOT spends $18 million a year on litter pick up. The spring and fall litter sweeps, plus Adopt- a-Highway volunteers throughout the year, help supplement their effort, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.   

Learn more and get involved.

Responsible Drinking During St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t test your luck this weekend during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Law enforcement is increasing patrols in looking for impaired drivers as part of the Booze It & Lose It campaign.  Be sure to app your ride, call a friend, or take a bus or cab. Never drink and drive.


3/15/2019 9:14 AM