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This Week at NCDOT: Ferry Rescue, Distracted Driving, Transportation Summit and Technology Preview Day




​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 we​ekly newscast.

Ferry Crews Rescue Boaters

This week, the N.C. Board of Transportation honored the state ferry crew for their heroics back in January.  

The crew members on the Motor Vessel Hatteras noticed two men hanging onto an overturned boat that was swiftly floating out of Hatteras Inlet toward the Atlantic Ocean in rough conditions. The captain then sounded the ferry's general alarm. 

Ferry crew members launched the ferry's rescue boat and traveled a half mile to the overturned boat's location. The men clinging to the boat alerted the rescuers that their dog was trapped underneath the overturned vessel. 

The crew members successfully pulled the two men and their dog out of the water despite the challenging conditions. ​​

Distracted Drivers Awareness Week

​​Distracted driving is a leading cause of vehicle crashes on our nation's roads, and most of this distraction can be attributed to cell phone use. 

The Governor's Highway Safety Program has designated next week as distracted driving awareness week. On May 6-12 we are urging all drivers to put the phone away, buckle up and slow down​.

Transportation Summit Tech Tour

It's less than three weeks until the 2024 N.C. Transportation Summit in Greensboro.  
Before the Summit, on May 20, there are still limited spaces available for you to check out the latest technology in action at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

Expand your Summit stay and experience innovations in autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and buses, unmanned aerial systems, wheelchair charging, and more!  

Transportation accommodations are available. However, p​re-registration is required. 

Visit for more details. ​​​​


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