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RALEIGH – North Carolina communities interested in participating in the 2018 Watch for Me NC program may now submit applications to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The nationally-recognized program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. The 2018 campaign is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. 

“Watch for Me NC provides hands-on training to law enforcement while also educating the public as both must be engaged in the process to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety,” said Ed Johnson, Watch for Me NC program manager. “Our goal is to reduce severe crashes and injuries in our communities through law enforcement training, public education, material and technical support.”

Communities selected to participate will receive free law enforcement training, technical assistance and safety tools provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

Some materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers, brochures, posters and banners with pedestrian and bicycle safety messages. Communities may also be eligible to receive advertising such as billboards, transit ads, and public service announcements. Applicants must demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police, plus the capacity to participate fully in the program.

Interested communities are encouraged to register for NCDOT’s webinar on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m., where more information about the program requirements and application process will be provided. Applications are due March 23 and can be downloaded on the Watch for Me NC website.