February 29, 12:00PM
Prestonwood Country Club

300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary, NC 27513

Join us at the inaugural Sweethearts of Safety Awards Luncheon as we honor four individuals who have made significant contributions in the previous year that support NCAST’s mission to promote and encourage safe use of North Carolina’s transportation network.

Legislator Of The Year
Congresswoman Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross represents North Carolina’s Second Congressional District, which includes most of Wake County.

A proud North Carolinian, Deborah fights for equality, justice, and progress. She is a member of House Democrats’ leadership team, serving as a Chief Deputy Whip and on the Steering and Policy Committee.

Congresswoman Ross has become a leading voice lending support to NCAST initiatives aimed toward making North Carolina’s roads safer.

Law Enforcement Official Of The Year
Cpt. Peter Manukas
& the Raleigh PD Traffic Unit

While the most critical role of state law enforcement is enforcement, their position allows for a unique perspective on how traffic safety rules and regulations impact citizens.

Cpt. Manukas and his team are a prime example of proactively sharing that perspective with legislators, organizations such as NCAST, and ultimately the road-going public.

Legislator Of The Year
NC Senator Danny Britt

Senator Britt, whose wife and sister are both educators, understands that young people are our state’s most valuable assets. This is why he has strongly supported common sense legislative measures that support inexperienced drivers.

As a representative of Hoke, Scotland, and his native Robeson County, the Senator also appreciates NCAST’s goal of allocating a fair share of the state’s traffic safety educational resources to less-densely populated areas.

Traffic Safety Advocate Of The Year
Mark Ezzell
GHSP Executive Director

Mark Ezzell has a twenty-year history leading statewide public safety and health programs. 

Mark was appointed 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper as Director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP), which provides millions in grant funds to local and state organizations to reduce impaired driving, increase seat belt use, and acheive other traffic safety outcomes.

Please join us on February 29th to congratulate these award winners in person, and to support NCAST and the work we do to reduce the number of transportation-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities in North Carolina.

Thanks for your support of NCAST and North Carolina traffic safety.