“Watch Out for Me NC” Campaign Working to Protect Pedestrians in Triangle

Every year, there are nearly 400 pedestrians who are injured or killed in traffic-related accidents in the Triangle area. To help to reduce these risks and make the roadways safer for everyone, local governments, agency partners and universities have joined together to launch the “Watch for Me NC” campaign. This is an enforcement and education effort focused primarily on the safety of pedestrians, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Supporting this campaign is also the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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“Our goal is to educate drivers and pedestrians on what they can do to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Paul Morris, NCDOT’s Deputy Secretary for Transit.

Our Chapel Hill pedestrian accident lawyers understand that walkers face some serious risks for accidents through the warm summer months. Unfortunately, drivers aren’t always looking out for them. Safety of our on-foot travelers relies heavily on drivers. With more education and enforcement efforts, state officials are hoping for a success in reducing the number of serious and fatal accidents involving pedestrians.

The campaign will be targeting the following communities of the Triangle:

-Carrboro
-Chapel Hill
-Durham
-Raleigh

The campaign will be slapping related messages on gas pumps, on the sides of buses, on university campuses and elsewhere. These messages will also be accompanied by efforts from area police officers to enforce pedestrian laws and a radio campaign. Officials will be focusing on making sure drivers are yielding to crossing pedestrians in marked crosswalks.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to get some information out to the public and really raise awareness that we do have to share the road,” said Lt. Tim Tomczak with the Raleigh police department’s crash unit.

The NCDOT is paying for most of the campaign with a contribution of more than $100,000.

Every year, there are nearly 2,000 pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles in the state of North Carolina. In these kinds of accidents, pedestrians have a lot to lose. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle that is traveled at just 40 miles per hour, the pedestrian has an 85 percent chance of dying.

Drivers are asked to be careful during this time of the year. During the summer season, there are more pedestrians out in North Carolina than any other time of the year. Lookout for pedestrians everywhere, even in areas where you’d least expect them. Be aware of your surroundings and always take a second look before reversing, turning or making a maneuver in traffic. You’re safe and alert driving habits could mean the difference between life and death for a North Carolina pedestrian, someone who is a friend and a family member to someone here in the state.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Car Accident in Willow Springs Kills 56-Year-Old Pedestrian, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 14, 2012

Two Injured Helping Woman in Broken Down Vehicle on Smoky Highway, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 12, 2012

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