Each and every week, a new “NCDOT Now” video will be posted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation‘s (NCDOT) website.
This week’s video is about Raleigh’s Union Station project. We’re another step closer to reality. Federal, state and even local officials gathered together last week to announce that they’ve recently received the $60 million that they needed to construct Raleigh’s Multimodal Station. Officials with the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina matched a nearly $470,000 grant from the Federal Rail Administration to secure the final funding for the project. The project is expected to kick off next year and will be completed by 2017.
Our Raleigh car accident attorneys understand that officials have a lot up their sleeves. Recently, the NCDOT decided that they were going to target text-messaging drivers and urge them to put down the phone and focus back on the road. You may have seen the new message boards. They are hanging above highways across the state. They read, “NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING — IT’S THE LAW.”
The goal of this campaign is to improve motorist safety and to decrease the risks of accidents caused by distracted driving. As a matter of fact, distracted driving is the number one cause of death for teens in the country. In the state of North Carolina, text messaging while driving is against the law and has been since 2009. So far, close to 2,000 drivers have been cited for breaking this law. Still, troopers say that the law doesn’t go far enough in the fight to prevent distracted driving.
State troopers will be on the lookout for these distracted drivers, too! According to WRAL, there were close to 58,000 people who were involved in distracted driving car accidents last year. In these crashes, there were close to 120 fatalities and another 15,000 injuries. Thousands are killed in these kinds of accidents every year across the country.
These kinds of accidents are completely preventable, too!
“I see a lot of people driving with their elbows on the steering wheel, texting with one hand,” said Jeff Gordon, Highway Patrol Sgt.
The most recent “NCDOT Now” video also announced that demolition has kicked off on the old U.S. 70 West Market Street Bridge that goes over the Neuse River. The bridge is close to 90-year-old. Officials with the NCDOT shut it down last week so that road crews could start construction work on a new 5-lane bridge. The new bridge will even have a pedestrian walkway and a special path for bicyclists. It’s scheduled to be completed and open by May 2013.
The video is a podcast and versions are also available for you to view through iTunes. You can also watch on your smart phone.
If you or someone in your family has been involved in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with a car accident lawyer today.
More Blog Entries:
Distracted Driving in Rock Hill: “It Can Wait” Targeting Texting Behind Wheel, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 20, 2012
Carolina Accident Lawyers Celebrate National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2012, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 2, 2012