RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Employees of North Carolina's Transportation Department who operate heavy equipment will test their safety awareness and skill level in the department's annual "Roadeo."

Winners of contests in each of the DOT's 14 divisions will compete against each other in the statewide event to determine who can best operate a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, low-boy trailer or motor grader through obstacle courses. Those courses mimic situations that maintenance crews handle on the job.

The event will be held Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The winner in each category will compete in September in the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo in Rogers, Arkansas.