Triangle-area law enforcement to begin major enforcement of pedestrian laws as part of Watch for Me NC campaign Tuesday, October 02, 2012

RALEIGH — Triangle-area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up efforts to enforce pedestrian safety laws as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Watch for Me NC campaign.

While the campaign began in August with a series of advertisements promoting safer pedestrian and driver behaviors, the campaign now begins its second phase with strategic enforcement of pedestrian laws, such as assuring that drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The campaign, which is funded in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is intended to reduce motor vehicle-pedestrian crashes in the Triangle through greater awareness and enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. Each year in the region, more than 400 people are hit while walking and of those, approximately 350 people are injured or killed.

“State law requires drivers to yield to people in crosswalks. Through this enforcement effort, we hope to raise awareness and encourage drivers and pedestrians alike to follow the law and do their part to keep our roads safe for everyone,” said NCDOT Deputy Secretary of Transit Paul Morris.

Through the month of October, Triangle-area law enforcement agencies will be conducting enforcement campaigns at areas where motor vehicle-pedestrian crashes are most prevalent. Those locations have been identified as high-risk crossings for pedestrians based on an evaluation of several years’ pedestrian crashes performed by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Law enforcement officers will be issuing warnings and citations to drivers and pedestrians who fail to follow state and local pedestrian laws.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.watchformenc.org.

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