Area law agencies to receive special training for bicycle and pedestrian safety laws

Published: Aug. 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Law enforcement agencies in New Hanover County will receive special training Wednesday to help enforce bicycle and pedestrian safety laws as part of the NC DOT's "Watch for Me NC" campaign.

The "Watch for Me NC" campaign is a comprehensive approach aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.

New Hanover County and Wilmington rank in the top 10 for bicycle and pedestrian-related crashes in North Carolina. To combat this, local law agencies applied for a special one-day seminar offered through the NC DOT and UNC Highway Research Center.

The seminar will include classroom instruction and field exercises so officers can learn and practice various tactical operations to promote pedestrian and motorist safety.

The training seminar is intended to support local officers in enhancing efforts at ensuring drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are following state laws.

Representatives from New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, UNCW, CFCC, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will attend the training seminar.

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