RALEIGH — Research indicates that during the Thanksgiving holiday period, the most heavily traveled times are noon to midnight Wednesday and again 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec.1. To ensure a safe and uneventful driving environment, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will join forces with numerous highway patrol and state police agencies across the nation in an enforcement campaign concentrated solely on I-40.
During the two-day operation, North Carolina troopers, along with other states, will be patrolling along the I-40 corridor every 20 miles from coast to coast. The constant visibility from state to state will hopefully create a safe driving environment for all motorists but more importantly save lives and prevent injuries.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highway patrol investigated 11 fatal collisions, 432 injury collisions and 1,457 property damage collisions. Many of these collisions were attributed to excessive speed. Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina as well as across the country. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 1,801 fatal collisions on North Carolina. Of those, 245 deaths were contributed to speed, compared to 244 deaths in 2011.
Motorists are being urged to contact the State Highway Patrol at *Hp or *47 on their cellular phones should they observe motorists who are driving in a careless and reckless manner.
For more information, contact 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, public information officer at 919-733-5027 or Jeff.Gordon@ncdps.gov.