'Watch for Me NC' Kicks off Training to Keep Pedestrians and Bicyclists Safe in North Carolina

The Watch for Me NC program directs safety and educational messages toward drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists

'Watch for Me NC' Kicks off Training to Keep Pedestrians and Bicyclists Safe in North Carolina
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June 19, 2017

Communities all across North Carolina will soon become safer for both pedestrians and bicyclists as law enforcement officers participate in trainings as part of the Watch for Me NC campaign.

Starting on Thursday, June 22, law enforcement officers in 10 areas of the state will take part in training sessions that will teach vital safety information on a variety of topics including pedestrian and bicycle laws, pedestrian crosswalk enforcement operations, crash investigation and reporting, and educating the public on safety while walking, driving, and biking.

"The N.C. Department of Transportation is fully committed to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads, and these training sessions equip law enforcement with the tools and information they need to help save lives," said Ed Johnson, Interim Director of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Division and Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator.

The Watch for Me NC program, which began in 2012, directs safety and educational messages toward drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, along with enforcement efforts by area police to crack down on some of the violations of traffic safety laws.

As part of the statewide effort, communities that apply (and are invited) to become Watch for Me NC campaign partners will receive additional support and training from the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Upcoming 2017 Watch for Me NC training dates and locations include:

  • Thursday, June 22: Kill Devil Hills Town Hall (Kill Devil Hills)
  • Friday, June 23: Public Safety Building (Elizabeth City)
  • Thursday, June 29: Union Station Building (Wilmington)
  • Friday, June 30: Burgaw Community House (Burgaw)
  • Friday, July 14: Apex Police Department (Apex)
  • Thursday, July 20: Greensboro Central Library (Greensboro)
  • Friday, July 21: Elon (location TBA)
  • Thursday, July 27: Police Training Academy (Charlotte)
  • Thursday, August 3: Asheville-Buncombe Technical College/Woodfin Campus (Woodfin)
  • Friday, August 4: City of Newton Council Chambers (Newton)

Find out more about the Watch for Me NC campaign.