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
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
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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