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Troopers plan expanded patrols during holiday weekend

Posted June 29, 2010
Updated June 30, 2010

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— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to slow down during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Stepped-up enforcement and patrols will be carried out across the state, focusing on motorists speeding and driving aggressively on interstates and major four-lane highways.

Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Last year, 13 people died and 422 were injured on state roads over the Independence Day holiday weekend, which officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.

“I have instructed our troopers to crackdown on traffic violators on our interstates and to apply strict enforcement to those motorists who are traveling at dangerous speeds or in a careless manner,” Col. Randy Glover, Highway Patrol commander, said in a statement. “Our Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, drunk drivers, and other violators while patrolling throughout the state during the holiday week.”

Troopers will also increase their efforts to enforce the state's litter laws. Due to tougher littering laws passed by the General Assembly, first-time offenders can be fined as much as $1,000 and be ordered to perform up to 24 hours of community service. Repeat offenders can get a $2,000 fine and 50 hours community service.

The Department of Transportation's Office of Beautification maintains a website where litterbug reports can be submitted.

Dangerous driving can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on cell phones from anywhere in the state. For more information on safe traveling, visit the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Highway Patrol website.

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  • #24WarrensABeast Jun 30, 2010

    lol @yellow_hat...so very true!!!

  • no contest Jun 30, 2010

    What check point will the troopers have to go through before they are allowed on duty?

  • dleven04 Jun 30, 2010

    I will be"falling-out-of-the-car" surprised to see one all weekend on any highway........wave for the camera and make sure your hair is combed.

  • WHEEL Jun 30, 2010

    If there are so few "bad" ones it looks like at 2 or three per week we would get rid of them after a while.

  • didisaythat Jun 30, 2010

    all the haters are being rediculous

  • cwood3 Jun 30, 2010

    You folks are so trusting of our NCHP. Remember, only a few are making the news. The rest are good people like you and me out there trying to keep us safe and alive. WE need to do all we can to help them. How-if you see a person acting drunk, call *47. If you see someone driving crazy, call *47. WE need to help them by being their extra eyes on the road.

    Have a safe weekend.

  • yellow_hat Jun 30, 2010

    How can they squeeze this in? Cheating on your wife takes up a lot of time.

  • LocalYokel Jun 30, 2010

    0.00000002% of the bad drivers will get a ticket this weekend. It will surprise me if we get more than 20hrs of actual law enforcement out of our HP for the entire weekend. They "step-up" and actually do their jobs well for about a day on three-day holiday weekends then its back to their typical mode of operation.

  • WHEEL Jun 30, 2010

    Who will patrol the Patrol!

  • TheDude abides... Jun 30, 2010

    They'll be looking for aggressive drivers and I'll be looking for aggressive State Troopers!

    Only stop in a lighted area!