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NCDOT Now – Jan 12, 2018


“Welcome to this weeks edition of NCDOT
Now, I’m your host Miracle King. Over the holidays, many people received unmanned
aircraft systems, or drones. While these are fun, there are some safety
tips and guidelines for you to follow.”DRONE TECHNOLOGY IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING, WHICH CAN
LEAD TO CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONE WHEN FLYING THEM. REMEMBER: YOUR DRONE MUST BE REGISTERED ON
THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION’S WEBSITE, EVEN IF IT WEIGHS AS LITTLE AS .55 POUNDS;
ALWAYS FLY BELOW 400 FEET AND WITHIN YOUR LINE OF SIGHT; DON’T FLY NEAR AIRPORTS,
STADIUMS, PRISONS, PUBLIC EVENTS, DIRECTLY OVER PEOPLE OR AT NIGHT; AND DON’T FLY FOR
COMPENSATION OR USE A DRONE THAT’S OVER 55 POUNDS. FOR THOSE WANTING TO LEARN MORE, THROUGHOUT
THE YEAR, THE NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION OF AVIATION IS HOSTING A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS FOR GOVERNMENT
AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS TO ATTEND. THE WORKSHOPS WILL FOCUS ON WAYS DRONES CAN
BE USED TO HELP IN AREAS SUCH AS EMERGENCY RESPONSE, DATA MANAGEMENT AND NEWSGATHERING. THE FIRST WORKSHOP IS TAKING PLACE ON JANUARY
24TH IN GASTON COUNTY. TO REGISTER OR CHECK FUTURE DATES, VISIT THE
DIVISION OF AVIATION’S WEBSITE. ON ANOTHER NOTE, IF YOU’VE EVER RIDDEN THE
TRAIN BETWEEN CHARLOTTE AND ROCKY MOUNT, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOU MET ONE OF THE ONBOARD TRAIN
HOSTS. MORE THAN 100 VOLUNTEER HOSTS ACROSS THE STATE
SERVE AS NORTH CAROLINA’S GOODWILL AMBASSADORS. THEY HELP PASSENGERS WITH TRAVEL QUESTIONS
AND OTHER INFORMATION WHILE AT THE STATION AND ON BOARD THE TRAIN, HELPING ENSURE EACH
TRAVELER’S RIDE IS SMOOTH AND ENJOYABLE. “WE MEET AND GREET PEOPLE. WE HELP WITH SCHOOL GROUPS, HANDICAP PASSENGERS. SOMETIMES WE HOLD A LITTLE BABY WHILE THE
MOTHER GOES TO GET FOOD OR USE THE RESTROOM. OR SOMETIMES WE WOULD GO GET THE FOOD AND
BRING IT TO HER.” STARTED IN 19-93, NORTH CAROLINA’S PROGRAM
WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND NATIONWIDE AND HAS SERVED AS A MODEL FOR OTHER PASSENGER RAIL
SYSTEMS. LAST YEAR, THIS VOLUNTEER GROUP DONATED NEARLY
11,000 HOURS OF THEIR TIME TO BEING A FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL FACE TO THOSE TRAVELING WITHIN
OUR STATE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING AN N-C TRAIN
HOST, VISIT NCBYTRAIN.ORG. ADDITIONALLY, IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR OTHER
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AS PART OF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION, CONSIDER THE ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY
PROGRAM. YOU AND YOUR GROUP WILL CLEAN UP A ROADWAY
FOUR TIMES A YEAR, KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES AND STATE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE. TO LEARN MORE OR SIGN UP, GO TO NCDOT.GOV
AND LOOK FOR THE ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PAGE. “That’s all for this week’s edition
of NCDOT Now. Please, stay connected with us through Facebook
and Twitter – that’s @NCDOT. You can also follow us on Snapchat and Instagram
at NCDOT-com. And from all of us here at the North Carolina
Department of Transportation, safe travels.”

Stephen Childs

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