About WalkSmartNC What is WalkSmartNC? WalkSmartNC was launched in 2019 as a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources and the Governor's Highway Safety Program to reduce injuries and deaths caused by accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians. The robust growth around the Downtown State Government Complex makes Raleigh an increasingly desirable place to be, but increased traffic in downtown has also contributed to a higher risk of pedestrian injury. The number of pedestrians injured in collisions with cars is increasing significantly, not just in Raleigh, but also statewide and nationally. The Division of Motor Vehicles reported that 225 pedestrians were killed in North Carolina in 2018, a jump of 12.5 percent from 2017. In addition, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that pedestrian deaths accounted for 16.0 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017, an increase of more than 4 percent since 2009. To address the incidence of pedestrian and motorist collisions among state employees, the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources convened a committee comprised of safety leaders and representatives of state and local agencies to look at ways to encourage safer behavior, especially at parking areas, intersections and crosswalks. In conjunction with the committee's work, the North Carolina Department of Transportation funded a Downtown Raleigh Pedestrian Safety Study to collect data from state employees and others examining pedestrian habits, concerns and solutions for increasing safety. Based on the study results, it was recommended that OSHR develop slogans, marketing materials and outreach methods that encourage positive travel behaviors that address underlying traffic safety conditions. In an effort to continue the committee's work on pedestrian safety, the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program awarded a grant to the Office of State Human Resources to establish a new initiative, WalkSmart NC, that focuses on increasing pedestrian safety in areas with high numbers of state employees who are pedestrians and/or motorists. This initiative entails a comprehensive education, training, enforcement and public awareness campaign that will serve as a pilot for the implementation of pedestrian safety projects throughout the state.