Safe driving campaign underway in N.C.
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month in order to drive safely through work zones. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program are launching a new awareness campaign for the month of April, “Do Your Part and Drive Smart. Slow Down. Don’t Drive Distracted.”
April was chosen as Work Zone Safety Awareness month as it marks the beginning of construction season for over 600 active major work zones across the state.
“As we enter construction season we need to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones to prevent injuries and fatalities,” said Governor McCrory. “Getting drivers to slow down and pay attention in work zones is critical in protecting drivers and construction workers alike.”
There were 18,024 crashes that resulted in 88 fatalities in work zones between 2011 and 2015. In just 2015, 19 people were killed in work zones.
To learn more about work zone safety in North Carolina, visit the NCDOT Work Zone Safety Program’s web site.