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4/13/2018: NC Traffic Safety Brings Over 900 Professionals Together to Combat Roadway Fatalities

NC Traffic Safety Brings Over 900 Professionals Together to Combat Roadway Fatalities

Posted 4/13/2018 3:44:49 PM

WILMINGTON - More than 900 national, state and local traffic safety professionals convened this week in Wilmington for the N.C. Traffic Safety Conference & Expo hosted by the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP). The conference focused on strategies for reversing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, seeking to achieve a goal of eliminating roadway deaths. "The objective of the conference is to bring together, educate and leverage the multitude of traffic safety disciplines to ensure the safety of all roadway users," said Mark Ezzell, director of the GHSP. "If everyone is talking to one another and being educated about issues affecting traffic safety, it will allow us as a community to be more effective at addressing the issue." Conference participants were able to learn from leading experts in the fields of distracted and impaired driving and walking; as well as child passenger, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, teen, and older driver safety; adult occupant protection; vehicle technology; law enforcement; and commercial vehicles. They discussed the latest research, evidence-based strategies, proven countermeasures and promising new approaches in a series of 98 workshops. The conference concluded with two sessions highlighting important traffic safety issues. The first was "The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Traffic Fatalities in the U.S." presented by Robert Wunderlich, director for the Center for Transportation Safety at Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  The second session was a discussion moderated by Meg Miller, program manager at the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration on "Eliminating Distracted Driving". It featured Dr. Paul Atchley, senior associate vice president and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, North Carolina State Senator Mike Lee, and Russ Dubisky with the Insurance Federation of North Carolina. For more information, visit www.nctrafficsafetyconference.org.  ***NCDOT***  
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4/2/2018: Governor Cooper Proclaims April As Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Governor Cooper Proclaims April As Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted 4/2/2018 3:57:56 PM

RALEIGH - Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to increase awareness that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.  In conjunction to the proclamation, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program has launched its annual One Text or Call Could Wreck It All campaign to encourage motorists to not drive distracted. "This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving," said Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road."  Last year in North Carolina, 152 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and nearly 25,000 were seriously injured. This is a 13 percent decrease over the previous year in the number of fatal crashes caused by distracted driving, but was still way too many. North Carolina law bans all cell phone use, both handheld and hands-free, for bus drivers and all drivers under the age of 18, and bans texting and emailing for drivers of all ages. While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction - visual, manual and cognitive. The One Text or Call Could Wreck It All campaign complements NC Vision Zero initiative, which aims to save lives on North Carolina roadways. The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities through data-driven safety interventions. For more information about distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov. Media Contact: Jonathan R. Bandy                           jrbandy@ncdot.gov                           (919) 814-3657 ***NCDOT***
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4/12/2012: “No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

“No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

Posted 4/12/2012 10:53:03 AM

RALEIGH — The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 13,435 motorists for speeding during the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign, which ran April 2-8. A total of 39,150 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide. “State and local law enforcement agencies made a tremendous effort to make our highways safer and to remind motorists to obey the speed limit during this campaign,” said Becky Wallace, director of GHSP. Officers also issued 2,832 safety belt and 426 child passenger safety violations and 1,003 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 819 fugitives from justice and recovered 51 stolen vehicles. For county-by-county citation totals or more information about “No Need 2 Speed”, visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website.  ***NCDOT***  
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4/4/2012: There is “No Need 2 Speed” While Traveling

There is “No Need 2 Speed” While Traveling

Posted 4/4/2012 10:54:16 AM

RALEIGH – Speeding is one of the top three causes of crashes on North Carolina’s highways. In an effort to reduce speeds and make our highways safer, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program along with the state and local law enforcement kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign on Monday to cite speeders for not obeying speed limits. N.C. SHP along with local police departments and sheriff offices across the state have stepped up patrols on North Carolina’s roads. The stepped up patrols will continue through Sunday, April 8. While you are behind the wheel, remember these tips to get you to your destination safely: Obey the speed limit. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in about 33 percent of crashes in North Carolina; those crashes resulted in 428 fatalities and 39,416 injuries; Pay attention. The latest research shows that you are 23 times more likely to crash your vehicle if you text while driving. Other distractions in your vehicle may include eating and drinking, grooming, using a navigation system or adjusting your stereo;  Plan ahead before you leave home so you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there.  You can visit the travel page on the NCDOT website at http://ncdot.gov/travel/ to learn about road construction, crashes, weather conditions or other incidents that may affect your travel time. Also, you can call 511, North Carolina’s toll-free travel information line, for real-time alerts and updates.    Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state. For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website. ***NCDOT***
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4/2/2012: “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign Begins Today

“No Need 2 Speed” Campaign Begins Today

Posted 4/2/2012 10:55:18 AM

RALEIGH –The Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace along with N.C. State Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Wellington Scott and Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons, Jr. kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign today at the Rockingham Speedway. During the week-long campaign, which lasts today through Sunday, April 8, local and state law enforcement agencies will conduct stepped up patrols and enforcement to cite speeders and other traffic law violators on North Carolina’s highways. “Speeding can be deadly,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “In North Carolina last year, there were 428 speed-related fatalities and 412 of those fatalities were unbelted. Our partnerships with law enforcement to strictly enforce North Carolina speed limits are crucial to keeping our highways safe.” Officers will focus their efforts on all roads, including interstates, major highways, rural two-lane roads and city streets across the state. During the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign in March 2011, state and local law enforcement agencies cited 12,476 motorists for speeding. Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state. For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website.  ***NCDOT***
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