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 weekly newscast.
Rail Safety Week
Every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to Operation Lifesaver. Already this year, there have been more than 50 incidents with vehicles and pedestrians on railroad tracks in North Carolina – 11 people have died.
To help save lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division is stepping up efforts around trains and tracks during Rail Safety Week, Sept. 19 – 25.
The Rail Division urges people to:
- Never walk, jog or take pictures on tracks;
- Always cross a railroad at safe legal crossings., These crossings will have safety equipment, such as crossbucks and crossing gates; and
- Call the number on the blue sign during an emergency at a railroad crossing.
To get more information, including safety tips or to schedule a presentation in your area, go to BeRailSafe.org.
Fall Litter Sweep
Grab your safety vest and a trash bag to help clean up North Carolina. The department’s Fall Litter Sweep is happening now through Sept. 24.
NCDOT crews, contractors and volunteers have picked up 7.8 million pounds of litter since the year began. This week, Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette helped picked up litter in Buncombe County.
To get involved, visit ncdot.gov/littersweep.
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.