Not hacked: NCDOT alert blames traffic on ‘Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care’

By David Edwards
Thursday, November 7, 2013 14:20 EDT
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The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation (NCDOT) alerted residents on Wednesday that traffic conditions were suffering because of ‘Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care.’

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the NCDOT’s Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) sent out the alert to notify travelers of a traffic accident that had supposedly closed an exit ramp on I-440 in Wake County. TIMS sends messages through both email and Twitter.

“Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care,” the message said. “Stay Home.”

“We did not get hacked,” NCDOT spokesperson Mike Charbonneau confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. “After an investigation this afternoon we learned that an (information technology) contractor who was hired six months ago was performing routine tests on the TIMS feed. And that individual violated procedures by failing to turn off the external feed while testing, and for the inappropriate message content.”

Charbonneau said that the contractor was immediately fired.

There was no rain in Raleigh on Wednesday.

Watch this video from WFMY, broadcast Nov. 6, 2013.

Watch this video from WWAY, broadcast Nov. 6, 2013.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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