This Week at NCDOT: Traffic Incident Response Week and Bicycle Helmet Initiative Thursday, November 09, 2017

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.

Traffic Incident Response Week
Safety is always the top priority at the N.C. Department of Transportation, not only for drivers and employees, but also first responders.

Each year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are injured or killed by distracted drivers while responding to calls for service. In an effort to raise awareness of these dangers and help keep them safe, the department is partnering with the State Highway Patrol to offer some reminders to drivers during Traffic Incident Response Week which runs Nov. 13-19.

Remember to:
• Slow down and move over when passing an incident scene. It’s the law in North Carolina.
• And, if you can steer it, clear it. If your vehicle is drivable after a fender bender or crash, and there are no injuries, move it to the shoulder or off the side of the road while waiting for emergency responders.

Let’s work together to make our roads safer for everyone.

Bicycle Helmet Initiative
On another safety note, did you know that less than half of all children wear helmets when bicycling, yet they can reduce severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent?

To promote more helmet usage, the department’s bicycle helmet initiative distributes helmets to children from low-income families. Applications are currently being accepted from government and non-government agencies. Those interested must apply by Dec. 11.

Funding for the program comes through sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate, which has helped provide thousands of helmets to children since 2007. Around 4,000 helmets will be distributed this year.

To download the application, visit https://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/safetyeducation/helmet_initiative/.

Veteran’s Day
On this Veteran’s Day, the NCDOT would like to thank all those who have served in the armed forces to protect our country. Additionally, thank you to the nearly 800 veterans who continue to serve the public through their work at the department.

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