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Highway Patrol Issues Over 3,700 Tickets During Holiday Crackdown

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol issued more than 3,700 citations in just five counties over the July Fourth holiday period, according to numbers released Tuesday by the law enforcement agency.

During a 10-day traffic enforcement crackdown, from June 27 to July 4, the Highway Patrol issued more than 1,400 citations for speeding, which included over 700 tickets for speeding over 75 mph in the state's five deadliest counties: Robeson, Wake, Johnston, Cumberland and Iredell.

With speeding as the No. 1 road violation, other top violations included seatbelt violations with 466 citations, equipment violations with 269 citations and 213 citations for driving without a license. State troopers also issued 69 citations for DWIs and 64 for reckless driving.

In Wake County, which ranked second on the Highway Patrol's list of deadliest counties, officers issued 1,202 tickets alone -- more than any of the other four counties.

The Highway Patrol reviewed traffic fatalities investigated by troopers in each North Carolina county over a four-year period, beginning in 2000. Robeson County had the most fatalities, followed by Wake, Johnston Cumberland and Iredell counties.

Troopers used helicopters, motorcycles, and unmarked vehicles to target the deadliest roadways in each county

Last year in North Carolina, 11 people died and 865 were injured in 1,205 collisions during the July Fourth holiday period.

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