The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country by participating in the I-40 Challenge. This campaign will focus special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. States to participate in the combined effort include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
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.
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.
If you are headed to Myrtle Beach for the 4th of July, be aware that the S.C. Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement through campaign called “Target Zero.”
The Patrol is increasing awareness of pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles and performing more DUI checkpoints as part of the stepped up patrolling over the Independence Day holiday week.
More information at: http://www.wnct.com/story/25909717/highway-patrol-steps-up-patrols-for-4th-of-july