The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have kicked off efforts to reduce fatalities on rural roadways in an initiative called Survive the Drive.
This campaign focuses on getting drivers to follow the speed limit and not drive distracted while on secondary roads. The target areas are five counties with high fatality and crash rates: Cleveland, Harnett, Johnston, Sampson and Randolph.
In the last five years, there were 1,154 fatalities due to speeding on our state’s highways, while an additional 482 people died because of distracted driving.
Community leaders on a new task force recently met in Robeson County to begin tackling their high rates of vehicle crashes. The county ranks as the deadliest in the state for crashes. As part of the N.C. Vision Zero initiative, this is the first such countywide effort in the state to reduce highway deaths.
To learn how you can get involved, visit NCVisionZero.org.
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