Senator to lead highway safety effort

Posted September 23, 2009 4:03 p.m. EDT

— State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti On Wednesday named state Sen. David Weinstein as director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Weinstein, D-Lumberton, is a retired merchant from Robeson County and former Lumberton mayor who has served seven terms in the Senate. He assumes his new role on Oct. 5.

“David’s private sector and legislative experience will benefit the organization in securing new partnerships and avenues to promote highway safety in North Carolina,” Conti said in a statement. “I am confident his efforts will make our state a safer place to travel by leading the fight against traffic crashes and fatalities.”

As highway safety director, Weinstein will oversee the daily operations of the organization that administers the “Booze It & Lose It” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.

Darrell Jernigan, who led the agency for six years, will take on the role of law enforcement liaison within the organization, serving as an adviser to law enforcement agencies and implementing data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety.