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Troopers plan expanded patrols during holiday weekend

Posted June 29, 2010 5:52 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2010 7:45 p.m. EDT

— 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.