By Submitted Story on September 15, 2020
Last year, 241 pedestrians and 19 bicyclists were killed on North Carolina roadways.
Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists around Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks will be seeing increased safety information as the N.C. Department of Transportation kicks off its 2020 Watch for Me NC awareness campaign.
“It’s great to be partnering with Pasquotank and Dare counties to proactively deliver safety messages to help raise awareness and reduce fatalities among pedestrians and bicyclists in our state,” said Heather Hildebrandt, interim director of the department’s Integrated Mobility Division. “This media effort is another tool to help educate pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists about how to keep themselves and others safe while on the road.”
At the same time, law enforcement officers will receive special training for enforcing bicycle and pedestrian safety laws as part of the program, which officially launched in 2012 to promote pedestrian safety. There are now 30 participating partner communities across the state.
For more information about the Watch for Me NC program or to see what past communities have done to improve safety, click here. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center provides technical support with program implementation and evaluation.