Twitter was just made for causing car accidents. Drivers shouldn't tweet – or text in any capacity. But Twitter might also be the most mobile, up-to-date way to alert drivers to traffic problems.
The N.C. Department of Transportation opened its own Tweet Street on Friday afternoon, announcing separate Twitter feeds for drivers in 10 geographic areas – including Charlotte – and five feeds for specific interstates. The Twitter accounts will send out the state's traffic alerts, also available on the DOT's Web site, www.ncdot.gov.
If it seems ironic that a state department responsible for road safety is sending drivers to Twitter – often accessed on a cell phone – DOT is emphatic that drivers not access the accounts while driving.
Check the Twitter feeds, then get behind the wheel is the state's advice. “Know before you go,” says Greer Beaty, the DOT's director of communications.
But won't that defeat the purpose of getting the very latest information? “This is the perfect co-pilot tool,” Beaty points out.
“I think it is great,” Kevin Ballantine tweeted after the Observer spread the news. He works in Concord and commutes to Greensboro. “This will help a lot.”
See the state's Twitter feeds at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.