N. Carolina launches NC Vision Zero to eliminate deaths on roadways

Updated Oct 7, 2016

North Carolina state line welcome signNorth Carolina recently launched NC Vision Zero in an effort to eliminate deaths on the state’s roadways through multiple state agency education, enforcement and engineering safer roads.

NC Vision Zero’s first initiative is to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries by half over the next 15 years. The ultimate goal is zero deaths.

“My top priority as governor is to ensure the safety of everyone traveling throughout North Carolina,” says Gov. Pat McCrory. “One life lost to a traffic accident is one too many. I believe we can work together to make our roads safer for everyone.”

“This is an ambitious goal, but it is not beyond our reach,” says North Carolina Transportation Sec. Nick Tennyson. “Over the past ten years, we have achieved 148 zero fatality days, including several consecutive days.”

Highlights of the plan’s initiatives, labeled as the “Five Es” include:

  • Education to prepare North Carolina drivers through lifelong learning, starting with drivers education programs and continuing through public outreach, including efforts such as Click It or Ticket, Booze It & Lose It, and One Text or Call Could Wreck it All
  • Enforcement of traffic laws to prevent risky behaviors, such as speeding and impaired driving, through high-visibility efforts by the NC State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement
  • Engineering vehicles and roadways to prevent crashes and forgive human mistakes
  • Emergency response to reduce the severity of injuries from a crash through rapid response and treatment
  • Everyone shares the responsibility of keeping North Carolina roads safe. By following traffic laws, making safe decisions on the road, and advocating for others to do the same, we collectively support a culture which prioritizes safety

More details on NC Vision Zero, including data and maps, are available at ncvisionzero.org.