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State troopers to increase patrols over holiday weekend

Posted August 27, 2008

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— The Labor Day holiday weekend marks the end of a busy summer vacation season, and heavy traffic is expected statewide this year.

Speed is the leading cause of traffic deaths on the state’s highways. State troopers say they will be cracking down on speeders and aggressive drivers during the holiday weekend.

Last year, the highway patrol investigated 1,189 crashes, 584 injuries and 19 fatalities statewide during the holiday period

“I have instructed our troopers to aggressively enforce the speed laws,” said Col. Walter J. Wilson, Jr., the highway patrol commander. “Don’t try to cut a few minutes off your travel time by speeding or driving aggressively. It’s just not worth it.”

The patrol will also join other law enforcement agencies at “Click-It or Ticket” seatbelt checkpoints across the state throughout the week.

The Labor Day holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.

Citizens can report highway problems to the patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular phones. The toll-free call goes directly to the nearest highway patrol communication center.

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  • Tax Man Aug 28, 2008

    Headly,

    I have not experienced that. Although I do know that when I had long hair and a beard driving a '56 Chevy I got stopped all the time for no apparent reason. But I never got a ticket because my Daddy taught me to be respectful and not show my temper in those situations. I also am aware that there is some reality to "Driving While Black" in the South and it could be more likely to be stopped if you are a minority in a crime-ridden neighborhood (odds are much greater you ARE doing something wrong).
    Overall I believe our men and women in law enforcement do a Great job with the limitations they have. I continue to commend them and thank them for their service.
    I always wear my seat belt, never drive after drinking and watch the speed limit (although I did get a speeding ticket going into Raleigh where it goes from 45 to 35 under the MLK Bridge - was doing 44 mph - fortunately the judge dismissed the ticket). Thanks LE!!!

  • TheAdmiral Aug 28, 2008

    "How long before the racist groups like La Raza and El Pueblo start complaining that a few Illegal criminal Aliens might be inconvenienced. We have to catch drunk drivers and if some are Drunk Aliens so be it."

    Don't forget ACORN and the ACLU.

  • Singlemalt Aug 28, 2008

    I know for a fact I could do a better job because I know I'm honest. The training they go through is nothing more than a college PE class mixed with a college law class (highway laws mostly). The reason it's "hard to get in" is because it's like a political cult, who you know gets you further than how good you are or your accomplishments......

    Wow! Thanks for the good laugh today! As normal, you are speaking ill informed, but it seems you hate all LEO's, so this is normal for those like you. Such a shame, that no matter how bad your attitude is, when the day comes you need help they will treat you just as well as those who are supportive of them.

    To the men and women in blue, keep up the good work, always know plenty of NC citizens supports all that you do.

  • JustAnotherRedneck Aug 28, 2008

    North Carolina did away with the quota system a few years back. Now we can write as many tickets as we want and I just bought a new case of ink pens.

  • GinaH Aug 28, 2008

    I will be wearing my seatbelt and not speeding when I travel this weekend. Be safe everyone!

  • Tater Salad Aug 28, 2008

    f you are law abiding you generally will not even experience law enforcement personnel - they are very busy taking care of protecting us - Tax Man

    Wrong again! You can and will be stopped if they "think" you are breaking the law when in fact you can be 100% legal and doing nothing against the law. Yet, when they make errors in judgement they don't have to answer for them like private business employees do, which is why most of them will never cut it outside a govt job.

    Remember folks, when you see that trooper breaking the law, dial *HP and ask to speak with a sgt, because whether they like to admit it or not, troopers make mistakes (even though some lie about it and get away with it) and only YOU can make sure they answer for their illegal activity

    oh, and x138GMOU, I do get days off from my job (just like those "hard working" troopers) that you so blindly defend

  • Tater Salad Aug 28, 2008

    You think you can do a better job? Have at it, that is if you could even pass the training they go thru. Next time you see a Trooper, shake his and thank him for doing the job you don't want to do. Couldn't do. - SHOEBABY Life Is Good

    I know for a fact I could do a better job because I know I'm honest. The training they go through is nothing more than a college PE class mixed with a college law class (highway laws mostly). The reason it's "hard to get in" is because it's like a political cult, who you know gets you further than how good you are or your accomplishments. Yeah, I could do their job anyday, but why take less pay and do less work than I'm doing now? I wasn't raised to be lazy, or raised with a frail ego and a lust for power.

    Remember, all you sheeple are the ones they protect, not people like me who know the law and know I'm not breaking it. It's funny, in a trooper's eyes a citizen is always a potential criminal, but not the other way around. Double standard anyone?

  • steelslinger512 Aug 28, 2008

    Go get'em guys.. god bless.. BE SAFE

  • Tater Salad Aug 28, 2008

    Ewww sounds like Headly got tapped and didn't appreciate it. Glad to see you have nothing better to do than take time off from your job (where I bet nobody watches you like a hawk) to police our police. And I hope you get that 1% that need to be culled. But lay off the attacks on all HP. I'd put the majority of them up against your high-horse, self-righteous self any day of the week!

    As a matter of fact yes, I was pulled for going 45 in a 55 and then cussed by a trooper in front of a wake county deputy who convienently "couldn't remember" what the trooper said but could remember my part of the conversation word for word. Then the trooper lied to his sgt and got away with it. It's called "CYA"

    I'd let you bet any amount you're willing to lose when comparing my character to a trooper's character. They look out for each other first and then the citizens they swore to protect, the way they are brainwashed in the academy and told to do.

  • tweathe850 Aug 28, 2008

    How long before the racist groups like La Raza and El Pueblo start complaining that a few Illegal criminal Aliens might be inconvenienced. We have to catch drunk drivers and if some are Drunk Aliens so be it.

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