CDOT Reminds All to "Stay Alert, Stay Safe"

Charlotte, NC
Dellert-O'Keef, Judy
jdellert-okeef@ci.charlotte.nc.us
4/1/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016​​

Contact: Linda Durrett, Public Relations Manager 
704-336-3902 or ldurrett@charlottenc.gov ​​

Charlotte, NC— The Charlotte Department of Transportation is reminding all transportation system users to stay alert and stay safe by participating in two nationally recognized educational campaigns.  

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Driver inattention was a factor in nearly 23% of reported crashes in Charlotte in 2014, similar to the national statistic of 25%. CDOT joins with the National Safety Council to raise awareness of this issue. Distracted driving includes focusing on anything other than driving, including eating and drinking, reading a map, adjusting a radio, talking or texting on a phone, applying make-up and even conversing with passengers. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to be vigilant about theirs' and others' safety, and to refrain from distractions while driving, cycling or walking.

For more information, visit the National Safety Council, Distracted Driving​. ​

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2016, April 11-15, "Don't Be THAT Driver: Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day."

Every day, thousands of workers are out in Charlotte streets doing their jobs, repairing streets, installing and fixing utilities and infrastructure, gathering trash and helping make Charlotte beautiful. CDOT joins with the Federal Highway Administration to bring attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. The consequences of speeding through a work zone include jail-time, fines or even loss of life. 

Motorists traveling through work zone areas should slow down, be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance.

For more information, visit FHWA Work Zone Awareness

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The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."