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NC Patrol plans holiday crackdown after 15 killed last year

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The Highway Patrol will target speeders and aggressive drivers on North Carolina interstates and major highways through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the patrol said Monday, in an attempt to cut down on aggressive driving and accidents.

Last year, the Patrol said 15 motorists were killed and 391 were injured on the state's highways during the holiday period.

"I have instructed our troopers to crackdown on speeders and aggressive drivers this holiday weekend; speed is the leading cause of fatal collisions on our highways," said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  "Our goal is to ensure that all motorists arrive at their destinations in a safe and timely manner."

Speed and aggressive drivers are the leading cause of traffic deaths in our state.  The aggressive driver has been identified as those drivers who flagrantly violate the motor vehicle laws, including but not limited to: excessive speeding, following too closely, erratic lane changes, safe movement violations, and other forms of reckless endangerment.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday  and ends midnight Sunday. 

Citizens can report highway problems to the Patrol by simply dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular phones.  The toll‑free call goes directly to the nearest Highway Patrol communication center.

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