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This Week at NCDOT: Vision Zero Update and Transit Rides to COVID-19 Vaccine Sites


RA​LEIGH – 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.

Robeson County Vision Zero Update

New data from the NCDOT is showing traffic deaths across the state are up more than 20% from the year before. These findings were presented to the Robeson County Vision Zero task force, which has been working since 2018 to improve driving habits and save lives.

According to the data, more than 1,600 people died on North Carolina roadways last year, marking the state’s highest number of traffic fatalities since 2007. The increase came despite a steep drop in driving last year, around the time the pandemic started. Although fewer people were on the highways, early evidence indicates some motorists took advantage of the less crowded roads and sped more and took other risks, like not wearing their seat belts.

For more information on the campaign to eliminate traffic deaths, go to

NCDOT, NCDHHS Fund Transit Rides to COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

Don’t forget, if you need transportation assistance traveling to a COVID-19 vaccine site, reach out to your local transit agency.

Last month, NCDOT and the N.C Department of Health and Human Services announced that about $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding would be distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

To find your local transit agency online, go to​


2/5/2021 8:27 AM