The NC Department of Transportation has selected Jacksonville to participate in a program that will seek to reduce bicycle and pedestrian crashes.
Several recent incidents with student pedestrians has helped to elevate the need for safety programs. City Transportation officials sought help from the NC Department of Transportation program, Watch for Me, as a continuing effort to improve safety.
“This program is particularly valuable because it focuses on enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian laws as well as public outreach and education,” said Anthony Prinz, Transportation Services Director for Jacksonville. “In recent years, the City has constructed many bicycle and safety improvements. While these features are important, it is also important to know how to safely use these features and for associated laws to be enforced.”
Jacksonville Public Safety are also part of the partnership.
The Watch for Me NC program provides training for law enforcement officers on ways to improve safety for road users. Communities participating in the program also will receive technical assistance, materials and purchased media promotion such as radio advertisements to help raise public awareness about important pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.
The program leverages the strengths of law enforcement and public education to encourage safe and secure places to walk and bike.
Jacksonville is one of 29 communities renewing their work with the state program.