Watch For Me NC
We all share the responsibility to make sure North Carolina roads are safe for everyone, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Safe places to walk and bike are important for supporting active, vibrant communities. The "Watch for Me NC" program aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high visibility law enforcement. On this site, you can learn more about how to be a safe driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian, and ultimately, reduce the number of people hit or killed by vehicles on NC streets. Click HERE to learn more.
North Carolina Law
The driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residence district shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within any clearly marked crosswalk, or any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block, except at intersections where the movement of traffic is being regulated by traffic officers or traffic direction devices [§20-155(c)].
Our ICU Campaign
Our goal is to keep pedestrians out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). By encouraging pedestrians and drivers on our streets to think “ICU” (I See You), we will all be safe. ICU is a Town of Davidson pedestrian safety initiative designed to educate pedestrians and motorists in an effort to reduce accidents that could result in injuries or death.
A driver must yield to a pedestrian within the crosswalk. “I see you in the crosswalk, so I will stop to allow you to cross safely.”
A pedestrian has the right-of-way to cross a street once in the crosswalk and is encouraged to make eye contact with the drivers of all vehicles and/or bicycles to ensure it is safe to cross. “I see you stopping, so I know it is safe to enter the crosswalk."
Davidson Police Department to Enforce New Speed Limits on Davidson-Concord Road
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reduced the speed limits along Davidson-Concord Road on Thursday, June 16, 2016. The speed limit on Concord Road heading east toward the East Rocky River Road roundabout is now 35 mph. The speed limit along Davidson-Concord Road from the roundabout to just past Historic Beaver Dam is now 35 mph. The speed limit from Historic Beaver Dam to the intersection of Davidson-Concord Road and NC 73 is now 45 mph. The limits were originally posted at 10 mph higher in each section.
The Davidson Police Department will enforce these reduced speed limits.
Main Street Intersections: Leading Pedestrian Interval
NCDOT made alterations to the timing of the pedestrian crosswalk signals at the three intersections along Hwy 115:
• Main Street and Griffith Street,
• Main Street and Concord Road, and
• Main Street/Chairman Blake Lane/South Street.
These crosswalks have a "leading pedestrian interval;" the “walk” signal for pedestrians will display three seconds before the green signal for motorists. This allows the pedestrian a chance to establish his/her presence in the crosswalk before the car may proceed. We encourage motorists to be extra vigilant of pedestrians entering the crosswalk, and we encourage pedestrians to be extra vigilant of all motorists and bicyclists in the roadway.
The Davidson Police Department will enforce the NC statute requiring motorists to yield to pedestrians while in the crosswalk.
Leading Pedestrian Interval FAQs
What is a leading pedestrian interval?
This type of traffic signal phasing starts the pedestrian phase several seconds before any conflicting vehicle movement is given a green light. This allows the pedestrian to reach the middle of the crosswalk before a vehicle starts to move, which makes the pedestrian more visible to the motorist.
A leading pedestrian interval is designed to improve safety for pedestrians while limiting delays for motorists and traffic backups.
This type of signal phasing is already in place at the intersection of Beaty Street and Griffith Street in Davidson.
Where will the leading pedestrian interval be implemented?
The improvements will be made on NC 115/Main Street’s intersections with:
• South Street/Chairman Blake Lane
• Concord Road
• Griffith Street/College Entrance
In addition to installing the leading pedestrian interval phasing, NCDOT installed signal heads with flashing yellow arrows, where possible, for the vehicle movements that would be potentially in conflict with pedestrian movement.
How does a leading pedestrian interval improve safety for pedestrians?
Once the leading pedestrian interval is installed, the “walk” signal for pedestrians will display three seconds before the green signal for drivers. This allows pedestrians to establish their presence in the crosswalk before cars enter the intersection and attempt to turn. Studies show a sixty percent reduction of pedestrian-vehicle collisions, as well as a reduction in the severity of those crashes, after implementation of a leading pedestrian interval.
How will the change affect pedestrians and motorists?
Motorists and pedestrians should continue to obey their respective signals at all times and stay alert when traveling through any intersection.
For more information, contact:
Sean Epperson, NCDOT Division 10 Traffic Engineer
704-983-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org