WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina encourages citizens to call 811 to have underground lines located prior to digging; and
WHEREAS,each year, North Carolina underground utility infrastructure is jeopardized by unintentional damage by those who failed to call 811 before digging, causing service interruption, damage to the environment, personal injury and even death; and
WHEREAS, in an effort to reduce damages and improve efficiency, citizens are encouraged to call the North Carolina 811 Center to request utility line location; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina 811 Center performs a public service by providing free assistance to all businesses and residents in North Carolina through education about safe digging practices and by providing a convenient means of communications between the excavating public and member utilities; and
WHEREAS, excavators and citizens can save time and money by calling 811 in advance of any project, waiting the required amount of time, respecting the marked lines by maintaining visual definition throughout the course of the excavation and digging with care; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins the North Carolina 811 Center in encouraging all parties to “know what’s below, call 811 before you dig” for safer and stronger communities across our state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2013, as “SAFE DIGGING MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.