Watch for Me NC Starts Second Year in Charlotte

Linda Durrett, CDOT Pubilc Relations Manager
ldurrett@charlottenc.gov
7/8/2016

News conference details

Charlotte, NC— In Charlotte, on an annual average, 342 pedestrians and 119 bicyclists have been involved in crashes over the last five years. Annually, more than 2,200 pedestrians and more than 960 bicyclists are injured or killed in collisions with vehicles in North Carolina. To help reduce those numbers, the City of Charlotte is joining forces with North Carolina Department of Transportation in the second year of its Watch for Me NC program.

"Charlotte is dedicated to providing safer streets and sidewalks for all transportation users.  This effort includes engineering, enforcement and education. We must all watch out for each other and ourselves," said Danny Pleasant, Charlotte Department of Transportation transportation director. The CDOT, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Town of Matthews and other local agencies are holding a joint news conference to share information about this campaign and upcoming enforcement activities.

Watch for Me NC news conference

Date:  Thursday, July 14, 2016

Time:   2:00 p.m.

Place:  Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and Fire Training Academy

Patio area at rear of Academy, 1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 (parking in far back lot)

Speakers:      Danny Pleasant, Director Charlotte Department of Transportation

                        Sergeant David Sloan, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Video Opportunity:  Officers training at crosswalk on Beam Road (at conclusion of event)

More info: www.watchformenc.org

Twitter: @CharlotteDOT

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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."