Posted on 12 June 2013.
Do you text and drive? (David Boraks photo)
First of three articles on N.C. traffic laws
Local officials in the Lake Norman area and around the country are trying to educate drivers about the risks of distracted driving, especially texting or talking while driving. Glancing at your mobile phone for just a few seconds at 55 miles per hour is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Distraction.gov website. In a recent survey of Davidson residents, pedestrians and cyclists identified distracted driving as the biggest safety risk they face.
Distracted driving has become a such a significant public safety concern that 39 states have now outlawed texting while driving. Ten states and the District of Columbia have also banned the handheld use of mobile phones for calls while driving. Read the full story
Posted in Common Laws, Public safety, Top stories, Transportation
Posted on 12 June 2013.
Davidson’s Town Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve the $9.1 million 2013-14 town budget, which leaves the property tax rate and other fees unchanged and includes money for capital improvements, new equipment and equipment maintenance. And they discussed several development issues: The proposed Davidson Green School, expansion plans at Davidson Day School and a Florida developer’s plans for a big residential development off NC 73. Read the full story
Posted in East Davidson, Exit 30 area, Planning & Development, real estate, River Run, Summer's Walk, Town Hall, Transportation, West side
Posted on 11 June 2013.
Presbyterian Road is closed for bridge repairs at the West Branch Rocky River, near Coddle Creek Elementary School. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Updated June 13, 2013
Presbyterian Road just north of Davidson has closed while workers replace a bridge over the West Branch Rocky River in a project the N.C. Department of Transportation says could last until Sept. 8. Read the full story
Posted in Mooresville, Public works, Traffic alerts
Posted on 27 May 2013.
Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller
will give a presentation for teens and parents on the dangers of teen drinking and distracted driving on Wednesday, May 29. The presentation runs 7 to 8:30pm at Davidson town hall and is free to all citizens. Read the full story
Posted in Public safety, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation
Posted on 24 May 2013.
Emergency workers prepare to transfer the boy to a medical helicopter, which waited just off Concord Road, near Robert Walker Drive. (Davidson Fire Department photo)
A 16-year-old Hough High School student was struck by a pickup truck on Davidson-Concord Road Friday morning as he skateboarded near the entrance to the River Run and Bradford neighborhoods. Emergency officials on the scene said he was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries.
Read the full story
Posted in Fire calls, Police Blotter, Schools, Traffic alerts
Posted on 23 May 2013.
Tillis (left) and Brawley (David Boraks photos)
State Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Mooresville) resigned as chair of the House Finance Committee Wednesday saying he disagrees with decisions of the Republican-led legislature and accusing House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius) of mistreating him. The dispute with Tillis stems in part from disagreement over Brawley’s bill to ease restrictions on the locally-owned MI-Connection cable system.
Brawley and Tillis also have bumped heads over the issue of highway tolls. On May 5, he came out publicly against the N.C. DOT’s plan to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using high occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. Tillis supports the idea. Read the full story
Posted in Cable TV, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Politics, Transportation
Posted on 22 May 2013.
The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization voted unanimously Wednesday night to add the N.C. DOT’s proposed I-77 widening project to the region’s long-range transportation plan and priority list. The vote was uneventful, but the meeting wasn’t, as toll opponents packed a meeting room in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center continuing their fight against the widening project. Read the full story
Posted in Cornelius, Exit 30 area, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Transportation
Posted on 14 May 2013.
Crossing Main Street. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
More than 750 people responded to the Town of Davidson’s recent online survey seeking feedback on conditions for biking and walking in town. Davidson officials say those responses are part of the mix as consultants and officials drafted the proposed Pedestrian Master Plan, which will be presented at a joint meeting of the Davidson Planning Board and Davidson Livability Board Tuesday, May 21. Read the full story
Posted in Calendar, Downtown & old Davidson, Exit 30 area, Neighborhoods, Public safety, South Main Street, Transportation