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.
Driving Safety Tips
A Forsyth County truck driver is offering safe driving tips for holiday travel after he reached a milestone in his driving career.
David Frazier, a driver with XPO Logistics for 35 years, has driven 4 million crash-free miles.
Frazier says it takes many years to create the proper driving habits and that the habits you develop over a long time will help you at times when you may be a little distracted or tired.
NCDOT reached out to Frazier to find out what he does behind the wheel to get home safely each day.
Both Frazier and Brian Mayhew, the state traffic engineer at NCDOT, say the following are a few good tips to follow when you get behind the wheel:
- Keep your eyes moving all the time.
- Don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion, it’s not worth the risk.
- Don’t speed and never follow the vehicle in front of you too closely.
- Don’t drive distracted. Put away your cell phone and concentrate on driving.
- If you get tired, stop and take a break.
NC By Train Ticket Sale
Are you looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? Then, check out NC By Train's biggest sale of the year.
Now through Dec. 24, you can buy one train ticket and get one free.
Passengers who purchase tickets during the sale can book their ticket for a trip between January and March 2023.
This sale only applies to trains operated by NC By Train. Those include the Carolinian and Piedmont routes that run between Raleigh and Charlotte.
and enter the code V105 in the promotion box to purchase your ticket.
Tree of Life Vigil
The importance of safe driving will be highlighted during tonight’s Tree of Life Celebration and Candlelight Vigil Ceremony at the State Capitol grounds in Raleigh.
The annual ceremony remembers the lives lost in crashes on North Carolina roads and reminds people to always drive safely.
In 2021, 1,794 people died in vehicle crashes on North Carolina roads.
The event is hosted by the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It begins at 6 p.m.
This event will be livestreamed on the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program's Facebook page.
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