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Speak up if someone is unsafe. Be a PEACH!

When you’re riding in a vehicle, your life is in the driver’s hands. So, what do you do if you don’t feel safe? What can you say if the driver is distracted? How can you speak up if you want the driver to slow down or put on a seat belt?

 

The Be a PEACH program provides practical tips and phrases to help passengers speak up and advocate for their own safety.

 

MOST of us are safe on the road. If we all speak up when someone is unsafe, we can shape North Carolina’s safety culture and save lives. 

 

You have the right and the responsibility to speak up if someone is driving dangerously. This makes you an empowered passenger! Just remember to Be a PEACH.

Kids Learn How to Act on the Road By Watching You

Your child looks up to you and absorbs your behavior. That is why it is said that children start learning how to drive from the moment you turn their carseat facing forward! The good news is that you can help ensure your child is a safe driver years before they get a driver’s license. By modelling the habits that will keep them safe on the road, you teach them without making it a formal lesson.

 

Even very young children notice your behaviors when you travel. Help them to absorb safety habits by showing them the right things to do around traffic.

 

Explain your Thinking Process

As you are traveling, explain your decisions by using I statements. For example:

Oh look, the cars way up there are braking. I will slow down too.”

“Since it’s raining, it may be hard for people to see this car. I’m going to put on my headlights so they can see us.”

“There’s a pedestrian at that crosswalk! I’m going to stop and wave at her so she can cross safely.”

“That big truck may not be able to see my car, so I’m going to give it plenty of space.”

 

Imagine your Child with a Driver’s License

Even if your child will not start driving for another decade, he is already learning how to drive by watching you. If he spent years watching you text and drive, what do you think he will do once he gets his license? If the driving example in your family includes speeding, do you think he will follow the speed limit?

 

 

Make a Family Commitment 

Discuss safety rules with your family and commit to them together. Give your children permission to remind you of that commitment if they catch you doing something unsafe. By keeping each other accountable, your child will also learn how to speak up and advocate for her safety in other situations.

 

 

For more information on the Safe Routes to School project, visit: ncvisionzero.org/safe-routes-to-school/ 

For lesson plans, materials, and activities for walking and biking safety, visit: ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/safety/lets-go-nc/Pages/default.aspx

World Day of Remembrance

 

 

The World Day of Remembrance is Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Stay tuned for details about this year’s shoe memorial display.

 

 

Every year, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims calls attention to the suffering and heartache felt by millions as a result of preventable traffic violence. Hundreds of events honoring the lives lost are hosted all over the world.

world day of remembrance

See more images from past events in our gallery.

Help make people aware of this preventable public health crisis by donating old shoes for future exhibits.

If your organization would like to partner with NC Vision Zero and host a shoe donation box, please contact us at ncvisionzero@ncsu.edu.

 What will happen with the shoes after the World Day of Remembrance exhibit?

The shoes will be used for many years, travel all over North Carolina, and appear at various traffic safety events. For example, we will use a portion of them for 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.

For more information, contact ncvisionzero@ncsu.edu.

 

 

Secure Your Load 2019

North Carolina Reportable Crashes Table

Secure Your Load

  1. 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.
  2. Keep your items covered with tarps, nets or covers to keep smaller items from flying out.
  3. 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.

 

The Empowered Passenger Video Contest

Prompt
When someone else’s driving makes you feel unsafe, you have the responsibility to speak out. Speaking out empowers—we call them who speak out empowered passengers! How do you speak out when someone else’s driving makes you feel unsafe?

Shoot a short video. Tell others a story of passenger-empowerment. History or fiction. Be creative. Entertain, but be sure to instruct as well.

Submission
Submit your video electronically by either of the following methods:

  1. Upload your video to Youtube.
  2. Post a link to your video on Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #EmpoweredPassenger.

OR

  1. Upload your video to Youtube.
  2. On the contest gallery page, enter the Youtube URL in the form.
  3. Complete the form and click “Submit.”

Deadline
11:59 PM on 19 August 2017.  

Winning
As determined by a group of judges, the cleverest, most creative video will win its maker two AllSport Passes to the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  A member of NC Vision Zero team will email the winner once judging is complete to obtain a mailing address.  

Restrictions
Please do not behave unsafely while filming. Use your creativity to depict dangerous situations without you or anyone else actually experiencing one. For example:

  • Do not film while behind the wheel, even if the vehicle is stopped.
  • Do not film others without their consent.
  • Do not break any laws, ordinances, regulations, etc.

Also, Keep it G-rated.  

Only current residents of North Carolina may participate.

Violating any of these restrictions will disqualify you, so watch out!

Intellectual Property Rights
You retain ownership of your work.  By submitting, you implicitly grant ITRE the right to use and distribute your work for any purpose related to the NC Vision Zero initiative, including on its website and social media accounts.

Go to the Submission Form →

 


Many civic institutions collaborate in pursuit of NC Vision Zero’s goal. They are all dedicated to eliminating roadway fatalities in North Carolina—but real, positive change requires conscientious citizens like you. Keep up the effort! Check out our website at ncvisionzero.org for more information and resources you can use to help make our roads safer.

Secure Your Load

Secure your load logo
 

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.

 

Click here for a brochure of NCDOT’s recommendations.

 

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.

Data for unsecured load crashes
 

Secure Your Load

  1. 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.
  2. Keep your items covered with tarps, nets or covers to keep smaller items from flying out.
  3. 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.

 

Mattress falls off truck, secure your load

eliminate roadway death, nc vision zero press release

Governor McCrory Launches New Initiative to Eliminate Deaths on North Carolina Roadways

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.