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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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New school year brings more highway enforcement

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.

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NC Public Safety Launches Litter Free NC Campaign

At a press conference, Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry kicked off the Litter Free NC campaign, and asked, “How many times have you swerved to avoid inanimate objects in the road such as broken car parts and shredded tires, or seen trash and debris flying out of an unsecured truck bed? At least one accident a day is caused by litter in the road.

Fst. Sgt. Jeff Gordon and Trooper Michael Baker have been on radio talk shows across the state telling listeners about the Litter Free NC campaign and reminding them to secure trash in their cars and truck beds, and to dispose of litter properly.  “People may think litter is a victimless crime, but it impacts people’s safety, security and well-being, as well as their pocketbook,” Gordon said. “Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year to pick up and remove roadside litter.”

In 2012, the State of North Carolina spent more than $16 million cleaning up roadside trash that filled more than 325,000 garbage bags, equaling seven million pounds.

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