Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists to slow down
during the Memorial Day Weekend
Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. The holiday officially kicks
off the summer vacation season in North Carolina. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 263 fatal collisions and
over 9,047 injury collisions during the summer months.
The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces, is expected to
be a busy one. The holiday weekend officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and ends at midnight, Monday, May 30.
Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 7 fatal collisions and over 342 injury related collisions during the Memorial Day
North Carolina is an ideal travel destination,
ranking in the top 10 most visited states for domestic travel. Nothing compares to what North Carolina has to offer
– natural scenic beauty, rich history and culture, vibrant cities, quaint small towns and its central East Coast location.
This means that more people will be on our highways, increasing the chance of traffic crashes. Trooper will increase
patrols on all interstates and major four-lane highways during the holiday weekend with the hopes of saving lives.
“As Memorial Day approaches, traffic will increase throughout
North Carolina. We want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” said Colonel Bill Grey, Highway
Patrol Commander. “Please fasten your seatbelts, obey the speed limit and don’t drink and drive. The choices you
make can be difference between life and death.”
will also be joining other law enforcement agencies by participating in the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t
Drink & Drive” and the GHSP’s “Click-It or Ticket” campaigns.
The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign is
an aggressive enforcement and public outreach initiative that will consist of numerous driving while impaired checkpoints
near boating recreational venues with the simple goal of preventing injuries and loss of life due to drinking and driving.
“Click-It or Ticket” is designed to prevent crashes and ensure voluntary seatbelt use. Statistics show that seat
belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.
Citizens may report crashes, impaired drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway
Patrol by dialing * HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller to the
nearest Highway Patrol communications center.