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State Highway Patrol Reports Results from “I-40 Challenge”

The two-day special enforcement period (11 a.m.-11 p.m., Wed., Nov., 26, and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun., Nov.30) resulted in the following:

  • Total Motor Vehicle Crashes Investigated 80
  • Number of Fatal Crashes 0
  • Number of Alcohol Related Crashes 4
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Related Crashes 1
  • Number of Fatalities 0
  • Number of Unrestrained Fatalities 0
  • Number of Citations Written 1248
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Citations Written 5
  • Number of Stranded Motorists Assisted 264
  • Number of Speeding Violations Written 1010
  • Number of Driving While Impaired Citations Written 20
  • Number of Traffic Moving Violations 1317
  • Number of Traffic Non-Moving Violations 266
  • Number of Seatbelt Violations 272
  • Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections 27
  • Number of CMV Drivers Placed Out of Service 15
  • Number of CMV Vehicles Placed Out of Service 15
  • Number of Vehicles Seized 2
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Highway Patrol Reports 17 Fatalities during the Thanksgiving Holiday

During this holiday period, troopers investigated 11 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths. The following is a breakdown of the highway and approximate location of each fatality:

  • Fronis Strickland Road (6.5 miles northwest from Tabor City)(Columbus County)(1 fatality)
  • US 301 Service Road (1.6 miles east of Hope Mills) (Cumberland County) (1 fatality)
  • NC66 (1 mile north of Kernersville) (Forsyth County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC24 (3.5 miles east of Kenansville) (Duplin County) (1 fatality)
  • Holdens Crossroads (5.3 miles northeast of Wilson) (Wilson County) (1 fatality)
  • Morgan J. Road, aka Great Marsh Church Road (4 miles southeast of St. Pauls) (Robeson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC125 (0.6 miles north of Scotland Neck) (Halifax County) (1 fatality)
  • I-795 (4.9 miles from Black Creek) (Wilson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC11 (2.6 miles west of Riegelwood) (Columbus County) (1 fatality)
  • NC42 (0.7 miles east of Pinetops) (Edgecombe County) (4 fatalities)
  • McGrit Bridge Road (5.3 miles north of Maxton) (Robeson County) (1 fatality)

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NC Highway Patrol Participates In I-40 Challenge Campaign

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.

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Highway Patrol: Slow Down During the Labor Day Holiday

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.

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Reminder: Schools begin today in NC

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).