Daily, more than 14,000 school buses travel North Carolina highways transporting children to and from school. Most motorists stop when they meet school buses, as required by North Carolina law. However, on an average school day in North Carolina nearly 3,000 motorists disregard school bus stop arms.
“Sadly, in the last few weeks we have had one child killed and three others struck as they were attempting to get onto their buses,” SHP Commander Bill Grey said. “This must stop. Whenever you see a stopped school bus, flashing lights and an extended stop arm, you should stop your car. It’s that simple.”
The departments of Transportation and Public Instruction, along with the State Highway Patrol held a joint press conference at the State Fair Oct. 20 to increase awareness of school bus stop arm safety.
More than 100 soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 211th Military Police Company, based in Clyde, will receive a hero’s welcome home from the leaders and citizens of Haywood County. A parade down main street and an official ceremony will occur at the Waynesville Courthouse.
When: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, 3 p.m.
Where: Waynesville Courthouse, Waynesville, N.C
The State Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report indicates that overall crime in North Carolina has decreased by 7 percent from the previous year, continuing a six-year downward trend.
The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in North Carolina is the state’s lowest since 1974 according to reports submitted to the State Bureau of Investigation from law enforcement agencies across the state. The violent crime rate per 100,000 North Carolinians declined by 5.4 percent in 2013. Among violent crime rates, rape decreased 10.2 percent, robbery dropped 1.9 percent and murder decreased 3.8 percent, while aggravated assault fell 6.4 percent.
The rate of property crimes—burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft—decreased by 7.2 percent statewide. The larceny rate fell 5.9 percent, the motor vehicle theft rate fell 10.9 percent, and the burglary rate fell 9.3. The rate of arson, which is not included in the overall crime rate, fell by 17.7 percent.
Juvenile arrests for index crime offenses are down 11 percent, while adult arrests for those offenses decreased 5.0 percent. Juvenile arrests for all crimes are also down 12 percent, while adult arrests for all crimes are down 8 percent.
Compared to a decade ago, the overall crime rate is down 24.4 percent and the rate of violent crime is down 26.3 percent.
Giving a prisoner a cell phone is now a felony under legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat McCrory. Previously, the offense was a misdemeanor. The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys praised the increased penalty in the wake of a kidnapping case which was directed by an incarcerated prisoner through communications sent by a cell phone.
During the Labor Day holiday period, troopers investigated 10 fatal collisions resulting in 10 deaths on North Carolina highways. The following is a breakdown of the location and highway of each fatality:
- Arrington Bridge Road at Greenfield Cemetery Road (Wayne County)
- NC 24/NC 27 approximately 3.1 miles south of Robbins (Moore County)
- Buffalo Shoals Road approximately 2.2 miles east of Maiden (Catawba County)
- Furr Road approximately 2.7 miles south of Vass (Moore County)
- River Road approximately 11.5 miles east of Edenton (Chowan County)
- NC561 approximately 7.1 miles east of Halifax (Halifax County)
- Monticello Avenue approximately 1.3 miles southeast of Hope Mills (Cumberland County)
- NC118 approximately 3.3miles east of Grifton (Lenoir/Pitt County)
- I40 approximately 8 miles east of Benson (Johnston County)
- NC905 approximately17.3 miles south of Whiteville (Columbus County)
The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday. According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) are expected to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6% from last year.
To ensure a safe driving environment for motorists, the Highway Patrol will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday which officially begins on Thursday, August 28 and ends at midnight on Monday, September 1.
More than one million NC students will head back to school on August 25th. Remember that speeding in a school zone is an infraction punishable by a. $250 fine.
§ 20-141.1. Speed limits in school zones.
The Board of Transportation or local authorities within their respective jurisdictions may, by ordinance, set speed limits lower than those designated in G.S. 20-141 for areas adjacent to or near a public, private or parochial school. Limits set pursuant to this section shall become effective when signs are erected giving notice of the school zone, the authorized speed limit, and the days and hours when the lower limit is effective, or by erecting signs giving notice of the school zone, the authorized speed limit and which indicate the days and hours the lower limit is effective by an electronic flasher operated with a time clock. Limits set pursuant to this section may be enforced only on days when school is in session, and no speed limit below 20 miles per hour may be set under the authority of this section. A person who drives a motor vehicle in a school zone at a speed greater than the speed limit set and posted under this section is responsible for an infraction and is required to pay a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
The NC Highway Patrol will be focusing on education and enforcement. Troopers across the state will be educating teenage drivers by implementing teenage driver safety plans and will be working with school administrators in offering any assistance in the area of highway safety. Education however is just one part of the solution. Increased enforcement visibility in and around all school zones will be observed.
On Monday, August 25, schools operating on traditional calendars will begin with more than one million students attending North Carolina’s public schools. Students will be traveling to and from school and school related activities during the morning and evening rush hours, which happen to be the busiest times for a teenager to be driving on North Carolina’s 78,000 miles of roadways.
The WPD Traffic Unit were assisted by officers from several different agencies throughout southeastern, North Carolina, including:
Onslow County SO
New Hanover County SO
Brunswick County SO
Carolina Beach PD
Governor Pat McCrory appointed Bernard W. (B.W.) Collier II acting director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on August 7, 2014.
“B.W. Collier’s distinguished law enforcement background and leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to lead this elite agency,” said Governor McCrory. “Collier’s 26 years as a SBI agent coupled with his experience at Alcohol Law Enforcement give me complete confidence in his abilities to carry out the SBI’s mission.”
Collier will be sworn into office on August 11, 2014.