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This Week at NCDOT: Halloween Safety, Governor's Awards for Excellence, School Supply Drive



– 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.

Halloween Safety

This Halloween, the North Carolina Department of Transporation is encouraging parents, drivers, and trick-or-treaters to be safe. 

Now through Oct. 31, drivers will notice an increased law enforcement presence on North Carolina roads as part of the Halloween Booze It and Lose It effort.  

This is the largest campaign the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program uses each year to keep impaired drivers off the road.   

Parents and children celebrating the holiday should follow these tips:
  • Carry a flashlight, wear reflective clothing and stay in well-lit areas.  
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and off the road when possible. 
Drivers should also travel slowly through neighborhoods and areas where people could be walking.  

Governor's Awards for Excellence 

This week, NCDOT’s former Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas received the Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive for dedicated service to North Carolina and its residents. 

Thomas served with the Ferry Division for over 31 years before retiring in August.  

Under Thomas’s leadership, the division improved professional development for ferry employees, modernized its fleet, and launched the first seasonal passenger ferry service.

His leadership has improved transportation for North Carolinians for years to come.

Governor Cooper School Supply Drive

Transportation Secretary Joey Hopkins was greeted with huge applause as he visited a Washington County school earlier this month to help deliver boxes of school supplies.   

The supplies were delivered to Creswell Elementary as part of Governor Cooper’s annual School Supply Drive.

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​.

**VOTE FOR NC!** NCDOT’s advance flood-warning system is a finalist in the 2023 America's Transportation Awards competition. Vote here and help NCDOT win $10,000 to be donated to the N.C. region of the American Red Cross for disaster relief.


11/14/2023 4:17 PM