​SafetyDistracted Driver Awareness Joint News Conference

All activities and programs led by CDOT share one ultimate objective – to improve safety. CDOT is committed to providing safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. 

​Safety Tips

Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable users of our roadways. All of us, no matter how we choose to travel, share in a responsibility to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists safe.

Between 2010 and 2014, Charlotte averaged 329 pedestrian crashes per year, with 65 of the crashes during that time period resulting in a pedestrian's death. These incidents can be avoided! The Charlotte Department of Transportation is working hard to providing a safe, accessible environment for all pedestrians. Here are some things you can do to help. 

When you're driving…
  • Always watch for pedestrians. 
  • Obey the speed limit. 
  • Don't have your head buried in your cell phone while you're driving.
  • You simply can't drive safely and text at the same time.
  • Driver inattention or distracted driving was a contributing factor in over 22% of crashes in Charlotte last year. That's roughly the same as alcohol, drug use, aggressive driving, running stop lights, and speeding combined. No text, tweet or call is worth someone's life.
When you're walking…
  • Cross at crosswalks and traffic signals. 
  • Look both ways before crossing any street. 
  • Don't assume drivers are going to stop for you. Make sure they see you before you start to cross the street.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there isn't a sidewalk, walk on the road shoulder facing oncoming traffic.
  • Distracted walking is also a problem. If you're texting someone while you're crossing the street, you can't see what's happening around you.
  • Do everything you can to see and be seen. Wear bright colors at night.