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This Week at NCDOT: Winter Weather Preparation and Holiday Drone Safety

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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.

Winter Weather Preparation

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are prepared for winter storms in maintenance yards across the state.

Trucks, plows, and spreaders have been inspected by employees as part of the annual dry runs conducted in every county before winter weather hits.

Just before winter weather is expected to arrive in an area, NCDOT will treat roads based on priority – interstates, four-lane highways and other primary routes first, followed by secondary roads.

Visit for the most up-to-date traffic information, including closures caused by winter weather.

Holiday Drone Safety

As gift-giving holidays draw near, many across the state will be receiving or gifting drones. NCDOT encourages all-new drone owners to be safe when operating them.

New drone fliers should follow these safety guidelines:

  • Always fly below 400 feet.
  • Never fly a drone beyond your direct line of sight.
  • Do not fly at night.
  • Do not fly within five miles of an airport or near stadiums, prisons, public events or directly over people.
  • Take lessons before your first flight.

In addition, make sure to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration at