A motorist in Charlotte stopped on the highway to avoid hitting carpet padding that had fallen from another vehicle. The stopped car was struck from behind, causing the vehicle to hit the concrete barrier and catch on fire. Four passengers were injured and the driver was killed.
In Nash County, a motorist swerved to avoid a wooden pallet in the roadway, ran off the road, and overcorrected. The vehicle overturned several times and the crash killed the driver.
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On the road, any debris or flying objects can pose a danger to motorists. Between 2012 and 2016, there have been 2,595 crashes from unsecured loads – resulting in 705 injuries and 14 fatalities in our state. To raise awareness about this issue and prevent crashes resulting from loose items, Governor Roy Cooper has declared June 6 “Secure Your Load Day” for North Carolina. This is an effort to make sure all vehicles are properly loaded and our roads are clean of dangerous debris.
Secure Your Load
- Make sure everything in your vehicle is tied down. Use straps, twine, bungee cords, netting or rope. Be sure to tie larger items directly to your vehicle.
- Keep your items covered with tarps, nets or covers to keep smaller items from flying out.
- Don’t overload your vehicle. Your vehicle’s load shouldn’t go above the level of your truck or trailer and all items should be covered to keep them stable.
North Carolina law requires that all materials being transported in a motor vehicle are securely tied down. Failure to properly secure items can result in a $2,000 fine and a point on your driver’s license.
If you are carrying loose items, take the time to properly secure your load.
Last year, over 1,400 North Carolinians left for a destination and never made it home. This November, NC Vision Zero will host the second annual World Day of Remembrance exhibit to raise awareness to this public health issue and to honor the lives lost on North Carolina roads. The remembrance exhibit will feature over 1,400 pairs of shoes on the State Capitol grounds to represent the loved ones who no longer walk among us.
Support safe streets by donating old shoes for this exhibit.
Shoe donation boxes located at:
- Oak City Cycling Project (212 E Franklin St., Raleigh, NC)
- NC State University campus
- Caldwell Hall
- Research IV, 3rd floor kitchen
- College of Textiles, room 3250
If your organization would like to partner with us and host a shoe donation box, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will happen with the shoes after the World Day of Remembrance exhibit?
The shoes will be used for many, many years in traveling traffic safety activities all over the state. For example, the shoes will be used in our upcoming Visionaries teen driver program to represent the number of teen driver fatalities. If there is ever a day when we decide to stop using the shoes, we will donate the shoes that are still wearable.
Pictures from World Day of Remembrance 2016:
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson announced a new initiative championed by Governor Pat McCrory to eliminate roadway deaths in NC. NC Vision Zero seeks to bring together multiple agencies and stakeholders to engineer safer roads, educate all road users, and enforce life-saving traffic laws. Read more about the goals of this initiative from the NCDOT‘s press release.
A recent study by NCDOT found that the intersections of synchronized streets reduce all crashes by 59 percent and fatal and severe injury crashes by 88 percent.
A recent survey finds that nearly 92% of North Carolinians are buckling up and regularly using their seat belt.
The Greenville City Council has approved a resolution to consider adopting Vision Zero to reduce pedestrian fatalities and to become the first NC Vision Zero Community. Read more from Reflector.