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State Highway Patrol troopers on alert for Columbus Day road rules violators

Posted October 14, 2019 12:33 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has stepped up traffic law enforcement for the Columbus Day holiday weekend, one of the busiest periods for traffic fatalities.

Operation Crash Reduction is part of the agency's plan to save lives on the road by cracking down on aggressive driving and other roadway violations.

The agency said drivers should expect to see increased patrols throughout Columbus Day weekend.

Columbus Day is Monday, Oct. 14.

Troopers are looking for impaired drivers, speeders and drivers who are not wearing seatbelts.

The Federal Highway Administration says drivers have a higher risk of being involved in a deadly vehicle crash in October because more travelers are on the road for fall festivals, football games and other events.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, October historically has about 3, 330 fatal crashes. This data factors in North Carolina, as well as six other states and the District of Columbia between the years 2013 and 2017.

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