NCDOT Now: Holiday Travel, Booze It and Lose It and Christmas Drones

NCDOT Now: Holiday Travel, Booze It and Lose It and Christmas Drones


“Welcome to NCDOT Now, I’m Aaron Schoonmaker. It’s the time of year where millions of
people will be traveling near and far to see loved ones for the holidays.” Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or
train, the North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to make sure you get there safely. Beginning today, most lane closures on NCDOT
construction projects on our major highways will be put on hold through January 2. Drivers can check the status of the highways
they plan to use by visiting drive n-c dot gov before starting their trips. The site provides road current conditions
by route, county or region 24 hours a day. You can also access the information by calling
5-1-1 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on the weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on state
holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s always important that if you’re planning
on drinking, you don’t drive. As part of the Governor’s Highway Safety
Program’s Holiday ‘Booze it & Lose it’ Campaign, state and local law enforcement
officers will patrol day and night to catch impaired drivers behind the wheel. The campaign runs now through Jan. 2. “If you’re on Santa’s ‘nice’ list,
you may have a drone waiting for you under the Christmas tree.” Drones are a popular holiday gift, but its
important new owners take the time to know how to safely fly an unmanned aircraft. More than 30-thousand North Carolinians now
own and operate drones for recreational use. With this number growing, NCDOT is reminding
pilots to: Always fly within 400 feet of the ground; Never fly near airports; Avoid flying
over events or crowds; and Don’t fly at night, even if the drone has lights. For more guidelines, go to NCDOT dot gov and
search ‘drones’. “That’s all for this week’s edition
of NCDOT Now. From all of us here at the North Carolina
Department of Transportation, happy holidays and safe travels.”

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