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Kristin Blank
Communications Specialist
UNC Highway Safety Research Center

2022 Media Coverage and Press Releases

April 7, 2022: New crosswalk installed at dangerous intersection in west Charlotte

February 15, 2022: Deadline looms for pedestrian and bicycle safety program

February 13, 2022: Chapel Hill ups safety enforcement in response to recent pedestrian, bike crashes

February 10, 2022: North Carolina traffic deaths in 2021 worst in 15 years

2021 Media Coverage and Press Releases

October 20, 2021: UNCG News- Campus Community Invited to Bicycle Ride

October 7, 2021: Shelby offices take to the streets to educate pedestrians, motorists

October 1, 2021: October is National Pedestrian Safety Month

September 8, 2021: 5 Motorists Safety Tips to Remember While School is in Session

April 7, 2021: Chapel Hill April Traffic-Safety Initiatives

March 26, 2021: Pine Knoll Shores Police Department becomes a Watch for Me NC partner again

2020 Media Coverage and Press Releases

November 2, 2020: Police departments join together for bicycle and pedestrian safety event

October 27, 2020: Local police departments promote pedestrian and bicycle safety

October 22, 2020: Bike and Pedestrian Awareness Campaign

October 20, 2020: Beaufort police promote pedestrian safety with ‘Watch for Me NC’

October 16, 2020: Beaufort observes crosswalk, pedestrian safety program

September 23, 2020: Our view: Watch for them, Wautuga County 

September 17, 2020: N.C. Department of Transportation launches its 2020 Watch for Me N.C. awareness campaign

September 16, 2020: Watch for Me NC to boost promotion of bicycle and pedestrian safety along the Outer Banks

September 15, 2020: DOT kicking off bike and pedestrian 2020 Watch for Me NC Awareness campaign

September 15, 2020: Watch for Me NC Program promotes bicycle and pedestrian safety

August 5, 2020: Town of Duck – Some great tips for all the ways to stay safe in Duck!

July 22, 2020: Summer explorers get sidewalk safety lesson

May 20, 2020: Town of Carrboro to Implement New Pedestrian Safety Measures

April 17, 2020: Washington ramps up outdoor safety with new program

April 15, 2020: Watch for Me NC program launched in Beaufort County

April 13, 2020: Creedmoor continues pedestrian- and bike- safety partnership

April 13, 2020: Roanoke Rapids named partner for 2020 Watch for Me NC program

April 4, 2020: Beaufort, PKS among returning Watch for Me NC communities

March 19, 2020: Pedestrian safety enforced around campus

2019 Media Coverage and Press Releases

November 1, 2019: Watch for Me NC Campaign Aims to Make NC a Safer Place to Bike and Walk

October 18, 2019: Fairgrounds see traffic increase

October 16, 2019: GHSP Reminds People to Use Caution While Driving During Fair

October 15, 2019: Beaufort promotes crosswalk safety

September 29, 2019: Shelby to hold meeting about bicycle, pedestrian plan

August 27, 2019: Pedestrian deaths keep rising in North Carolina — with no easy explanation

August 26, 2019: Police conducting ”Watch for me NC” on Sunnyside

August 19, 2019: Bike rodeo to kick off ‘Watch for Me’ campaign

August 15, 2019: City of Winston-Salem kicks off Watch for Me campaign to ensure safety for pedestrians, cyclists

July 29, 2019: Shelby joins Watch for Me NC

June 20, 2019: Winston-Salem joins Watch for Me NC to help keep bicyclists safe in the city

June 6, 2019: Thousands of pedestrians are injured in N.C. each year. Can we make streets safer?

May 19, 2019: Crosswalk safety campaign to be held in Pine Knoll Shores

April 24, 2019: National Bike Month 2019: How to Celebrate in Davidson

April 18, 2019: Bicycle Helmets and Watch for Me NC

April 17, 2019: Watch for Me looks out for cyclists, pedestrians

April 15, 2019: Jacksonville hopes ‘Watch For Me NC’ will reduce bicycle and pedestrian crashes

April 8, 2019: Beaufort joins state program to make walking and bicycling safer

February 9, 2019: CMPD addresses community about traffic safety

2018 Media Coverage and Press Releases

September 3, 2018: Labor Day safety focuses on crosswalks in Pine Knoll Shores

July 26, 2018: Clayton Police Invite You to Get to Know Your Neighbors and Kick-Off Event for New Watch for Me NC safety initiative

July 20, 2018: Watch for Me NC: Program aims to keep pedestrians, drivers safe

July 15, 2018: Share the road, save a life

July 9, 2018: North Carolina is one of the most dangerous places for bicyclists in the country

July 5, 2018: Summer Watch for Me NC Program Promotes Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

July 4, 2018: DOT begins summer program to keep cyclists, pedestrians safe

June 24, 2018: Full of bicycles, Transylvania seeks solutions for roads, trails with a comprehensive plan

May 9, 2018: NCDOT Reminds State Residents about Safety for Bicyclists

May 8, 2018: DOT Asking Motorists, Cyclists to Respect Each Other

April 26, 2018: Watch for Me NC Announces 2018 Partners

April 14, 2018: ‘Where the Crosswalk Begins’ To Promote Pedestrian Safety In Greensboro

February 28, 2018: Chapel Hill police look to protect pedestrians with safety initiative

February 21, 2018: Chapel Hill Police Working to Improve Safety on MLK

2017 Media Coverage and Press Releases

September 19, 2017: NCDOT’s Watch for Me Safety Initiative Receives Peter K. O’Rourke Achievement Award

August 3, 2017: WNC police to take part in bike, pedestrian safety program

August 3, 2017: Man hit by car in critical condition, Newton PD plans pedestrian awareness training

July 25, 2017: Happenings nearby Lake Norman: July 26-Aug. 1, 2017

June 29, 2017: Watch for Me NC Safety Program Sees Record Participation Level

June 22, 2017: Wilmington, Burgaw to hold bicycle safety courses

June 19, 2017: ‘Watch for Me NC’ Kicks off Training to Keep Pedestrians and Bicyclists Safe in North Carolina

May 30, 2017: Crystal Coast towns looking to improve pedestrian safety

May 28, 2017: Pedestrians important, too

May 4, 2017: Newton named a Watch for Me NC partner

May 2, 2017: Town of Burgaw joins Watch for Me NC

April 24, 2017: Watch for Me NC comes to county

April 24, 2017: Watch for Me NC Announces 2017 Partners

April 20, 2017: Charlotte police conducting a seat belt check today

April 15, 2017: Bad drivers and distracted walkers behind deadly spike in Charlotte

April 4, 2017: Pedestrian Traffic Deaths in 2016: North Carolina Sees Increase

March 22, 2017: Chapel Hill police warn residents of speed traps via social media

March 14, 2017: Road safety conversation ignited after student collision

February 15, 2017: Get proactive for pedestrian safety on campus

February 15, 2017: NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2017 Watch for Me NC Campaign

February 7, 2017: Draft of regional bicycle plan ready for review

January 19, 2017: Garner police strive to eliminate pedestrian accidents

January 10, 2017: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety the Focus of UNCW and Wilmington Police Campaign

2016 Media Coverage

December 8, 2016: Over 50 citations issued during “Watch for Me NC” operation

November 30, 2016: NC “Watch for Me” in full force

October 31, 2016: Trick or treating Halloween safety tips

October 31, 2016: Children, parents, drivers: Be careful tonight

October 28, 2016: Watch for Me NC Offers Tips For Halloween Safety

October 19, 2016: New NC laws make roads safer for bicyclists

October 19, 2016: Police offer pedestrians reflective bracelets

September 24, 2016: AARP Without Limits Podcast: Watch for Me NC

September 22, 2016: New traffic laws focus on rider, motorist safety

September 12, 2016: Officials look for ways to keep pedestrian safe in downtown Statesville

September 7, 2016: I’m walking here: Motorists reminded to watch for pedestrians

August 25: Police watching out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

August 25: Police launch “Watch for Me” safety campaign

August 11: The crosswalk law you don’t know you’re breaking

August 10: Police to focus on crosswalk violations at dangerous uptown intersection Thursday

July 14: Safety program aims to reduce Charlotte’s rising pedestrian, cyclist deaths

April 19, 2016: Yearly initiative aims to protect, inform pedestrians

April 7, 2016: Soapbox derby, bicycle safety event set for Saturday

March 26: 2016: Jimmie Johnson to cycle through Asheville

March 25: 2016: CX champ Tim Johnson to ride through Greenville

March 17, 2016: Brevard/Transylvania County Join ‘Watch For Me NC’ Campaign-Brevard NC

March 17, 2016: NCDOT Announces 2016 Watch for Me NC Partners, Boone A Partner Again

March 17, 2016: Brevard / Transylvania County Join ‘Watch For Me NC’ Campaign-Brevard NC

March 17, 2016: NCDOT announces 2016 Watch for Me NC partners

Jan. 27, 2016:Letter: Kudos for Watch For Me NC role

Jan. 23, 2016: 2 incidents prompts NCDOT to stress bicycle safety

Jan. 14, 2016: Terri Buckner: The New Year’s resolutions I wish for our local governments

Jan. 12, 2016: Asheville ‘Watch for Me’ Campaign Results

Jan. 12: 2016: Davidson wins AAA traffic safety award

Jan. 12: 2016: Police: Pedestrian, cyclist crashes down in Asheville

Jan. 11, 2016: Asheville’s pedestrian, bicycle crashes lower during City’s Watch for Me campaign

Jan. 11, 2016: Watch for Me Campaign wraps up with citywide pedestrian and bicycle crash reduction

2015 Media Coverage

Dec. 2, 2015: City of Charlotte Watch for Me NC Safety Campaign Update

Nov. 13, 2015: NCDOT Celebrates 2015 Watch for Me N.C. Campaign

Nov. 12, 2015: Durham celebrates participation in ‘Watch for Me NC’ safety campaign

Nov. 12, 2015: Durham celebrates participation in  Watch for Me NC safety campaign

Nov. 12, 2015: Police, DOT secretary celebrate Watch for Me NC bike, pedestrian safety campaign

Nov. 11, 2015: Asheville to give flags to street crossers

Oct. 30, 2015: Highway Patrol: Drivers should be wary on Halloween; drinking drivers targeted, too

Oct. 28, 2015: Watch for Me NC: Clearing Up Crosswalk Confusion

Oct. 4, 2015: Hardin Park School to celebrate International Walk to School Day

Sept. 17, 2015: City of Charlotte Bicycle Safety video

Sept. 17, 2015: City of Charlotte Crosswalk Safety video

Aug. 29, 2015: CMPD Conducts 1st Watch for Me NC Operation on Beatties Ford Road

Aug. 27, 2015: Campus Joins in “Watch for Me Asheville” Campaign to Promote Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Aug. 23, 2015:Macon-Bibb public health officials trying to prevent pedestrian fatalities

Aug. 19, 2015: Boone Bike Rodeo for Kids at Hardin Park on Saturday

Aug. 15, 2015: Greenville police hand out ‘thank you’ tickets

Aug. 15, 2015: Greenville Police Department starts “good ticket” campaign

Aug. 15, 2015: Greenville drivers excited to get tickets from police

Aug. 15, 2015: Greenville Police encourage pedestrian safety by handing out “tickets”

Aug. 5, 2015: Asheville traffic safety campaign starts; warning tickets issued

Aug. 1, 2015: DOT program educates folks on traffic laws

July 31, 2015: Raleigh Partners With NCDOT in Watch for Me NC Program

July 29, 2015: Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety Campaign to Launch in Asheville

July 29, 2015: City to kick off Watch for Me pedestrian, bicyclist safety campaign

July 29, 2015: More warnings, tickets for Asheville cyclists, pedestrians

July 28, 2015: Slow down for safety

July 26, 2015: SPEED TRAPS: Traffic cops set targets

July 22, 2015: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Seminar

July 22, 2015: Officers train in bike, ped safety enforcement

July 14, 2015: Watch for Me NC Asheville video

May 24, 2015: Greensboro officials, cyclists seek safer roads

May 1, 2015: National Bike Month: Know NC Bike Laws, Rules, Statistics

April 25, 2015: Marion to launch bike, pedestrian safety effort

April 22, 2015: Merrimon madness: Addressing safety risks along Asheville’s major roadways

April 21, 2015: Watch for Me NC Announces 2015 Partners

April 20, 2015: Chapel Hill Continues Partnership with Watch For Me NC

March 17, 2015: Safety Efforts Ramp Up as Temps Heat Up

Jan. 31, 2015: Behind The Wheel: Competition means lower gas prices

Jan. 28, 2015: NCDOT seeks new partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Jan. 27, 2015: NCDOT seeks new partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Jan. 20, 2015: Editorial: Public safety initiatives work

Jan. 15, 2015: GPD: Crime mostly down in 2014



2014 Media Coverage

Nov. 23, 2014: Editorial: Long-term crosswalk solution

Nov. 15, 2014: GPD: Don’t ignore crosswalks

Oct. 28, 2014: Chapel Hill rolls out bike, ped safety plan

Oct. 26, 2014: Pedestrian safety examined after two Greenville teens struck by cars

Sept. 24, 2014: Greensboro area police departments participating in N.C. pedestrian, bicycle safety program

Sept. 15, 2014: Program educates pedestrians, bicyclists about street safety

Sept. 15, 2014: Remember, bicyclists: Obey traffic laws

Aug. 25, 2014: Cops keeping crosswalks safe (Fox Wilmington)

Aug. 25, 2014: Cops keeping crosswalks safe (WECT)

Aug. 22, 2014: Watch Me for NC Campaign Kicks Off with a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hardin Park School

Aug. 14, 2014: Greenville Police cracking down on pedestrian, bike laws

Aug. 6, 2014:Wilmington bicyclists, pedestrians face uphill climb in road sharing

Aug. 6, 2014: Law enforcement gets special training for bikes and pedestrians

Aug. 5, 2014: Area law agencies to receive special training for bicycle and pedestrian safety laws

July 29, 2014: Watch For Me NC Initiative

July 27, 2014: Walking in Greensboro: Risky business

July 18, 2014: NCDOT, Greensboro Partnering For Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

June 30, 2014: Dozens of drivers pulled over in the Outer Banks for violating pedestrian law

June 29, 2014: New Hanover County approved for safety program

June 24, 2014: Pedestrian safety enforcement campaign planned in Kill Devil Hills

June 23, 2014: Watch For Me encourages bike safety

May 29, 2014: New Hanover picked to be a new Watch for Me NC campaign community

May 29, 2014: Watuga picked for “Watch for Me NC”

May 2, 2014: May is National Bike Month

May 1, 2014: May is Bike Month: Rules for drivers, cyclists

April 7, 2014: New Hanover County applying for safety program

April 6, 2014: New Hanover officials want in on safety program

Feb. 10, 2014: NCDOT expands Watch for Me NC safety campaign

Feb. 8, 2014: North Carolina one of least safe states for bikers, pedestrians

Feb. 7, 2014: NCDOT Expands Watch for Me NC Safety Campaign

Feb. 6, 2014: BAC to hold annual members meeting Feb. 18



2013 Media Coverage

Oct. 25, 2013: Bike fatalities raise concern about road safety

Sept. 24, 2013: Bicyclists, pedestrian deaths raise concern

Sept. 18, 2013: Knightdale promoting safe roadways for pedestrians

July 31, 2013: Lanzan campa a de seguridad para peatones y ciclistas

July 25, 2013: Police trained on keeping cyclists, pedestrians safe

July 23, 2013: Campus police conducting operation Watch for Me



2012 Media Coverage

Nov. 19, 2012: Duke Today: Motorists learn law in ‘Watch for Me NC’

Nov. 14, 2012: WTVD: Watch for Me NC

Nov. 14, 2012: WRAL: Triangle police departments band together for pedestrian safety

Oct. 16, 2012: Duke Today: Duke police focus on pedestrian safety

Oct. 14, 2012: The Herald Sun: Police watching Crosswalks

Oct. 11, 2012: WFMY: Fall season increases risk of crashes

Oct. 5, 2012: WTVD: Statewide pedestrian campaign launched

Oct. 5, 2012: News & Observer: Car-pedestrian crashes targeted

Sept. 18, 2012: The Daily Tar Heel: Carrboro joins the Triangle Watch For Me NC Campaign

Aug. 18, 2012: GoTriangle.org blog: Watch for me, NC! It’s the law

Aug. 10, 2012: News & Observer: State launches pedestrian safety campaign

Aug. 9, 2012: Raleigh Television Network: Watch for Me NC

Aug. 9, 2012: WRAL: Researchers: Distracted drivers aren’t only problem in busy crosswalks

Aug. 8, 2012: News 14 Carolina: Law enforcement focuses on pedestrian safety

Aug. 6, 2012:  News 14 Carolina: Watch For Me campaign wants to keep Triangle area pedestrians safe

July 17, 2012:  North Raleigh News:  Pedestrian safety campaign to launch in August


2016 Press Releases

Jan. 7, 2016: NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2016 Watch for Me NC Campaign


2015 Press Releases

August 10, 2015: Watch for Me NC Safety Program Launches

April 20, 2015: Watch for Me NC Announces 2015 Partners

Jan. 27, 2015: NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign


2014 Press Releases

Oct. 23, 2014: Police Focus on Pedestrian Safety During A&T Homecoming

Sept. 18, 2014: UNC Hospitals Police will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Campaign (Click here for a PDF version)

Aug. 27, 2014: New Hanover County PSA

Aug. 20, 2014: Watch for Me NC Campaign Kicks Off at City Market

Aug. 1, 2014: UNCW Participating in State-wide Campaign to Increase Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety

July 1, 2014: Greensboro Watch for Me NC

May 28, 2014: Watch for Me NC announces 2014 Partners

May 1, 2014: Watch for Me NC Campaign Urges Drivers and Bicyclists to Be Safe and Considerate Road Users During Bike Month



2013 Press Releases

Nov. 27, 2013: NCDOT Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips from Watch for Me NC Campaign

Oct. 30, 2013: NCDOT offers Halloween safety tips from Watch for Me NC campaign

Oct. 9, 2013: Police raise awareness about pedestrian and cyclist safety

Sept.23, 2013: NCDOT Shares Tips on How to Keep Roads Safe Whether Driving, Biking or Walking

July 23, 2013: NCDOT Launches Watch for Me NC 2013 Campaign with Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advertising Campaign and Law Enforcement Training – Media invited to attend first training session July 25

June 5, 2013: Raleigh supports Watch for Me, NC safety campaign



2012 Press Releases

Nov. 13, 2012: Watch for Me Press Event featuring NHTSA Administrator David Strickland

Oct. 5, 2012: Raleigh police are focusing on pedestrian law enforcement through October

Oct. 2: 2012: Triangle-area law enforcement to begin major enforcement of pedestrian laws as part of Watch for Me NC campaign

Aug. 24, 2012: Start of School Year Brings Increase in Pedestrian Activity; Students and Motorists Urged to Use Caution, Keep Roads Safe For Everyone

Aug. 9, 2012: City of Raleigh: Watch for Me NC – A regional pedestrian safety campaign

Aug. 6, 2012: Watch for Me NC Pedestrian Safety Campaign Launched in the Triangle Region



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