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State troopers readying for holiday traffic

Posted on November 23, 2021

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Drew C. Wilson | Restoration NewsMedia

RALEIGH — The State Highway Patrol is preparing for the holiday season and for the increased number of roadway users expected across our state.

During the coming weeks, troopers will proactively target dangerous driver behaviors to include speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

More than 48 million people will travel in personal vehicles across the nation this holiday season, representing an increase from last year’s predictions, according to the American Automobile Association.

AAA relates this increase in travelers to relaxed travel restrictions. Accordingly, troopers will increase visibility on highly traveled corridors to promote safe driving habits, said Col. Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

"The safe travel of residents and visitors to our state is our highest priority this holiday season," Johnson said. "By all roadway users joining in a commitment to safe driving, we can reach our ultimate goal of no lives lost due to preventable occurrences."

The Highway Patrol is partnering with the Governors Highway Safety Program for the 2021 Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign during Thanksgiving weekend.

The campaign runs through Sunday with the goal of reducing preventable injuries and deaths in collisions due to a vehicle occupant’s failure to use a restraint device.

The following safe driving principles can help to ensure a safe holiday travel period:

Don’t drive distracted. Avoid technological devices while operating a vehicle.

Ensure all occupants are properly restrained in weight appropriate restraint devices, day or night.

Never drive while impaired. Have a plan and take advantage of the multiple ride sharing avenues available.

Obey the speed limit. The faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop your vehicle.

Check traffic conditions before starting your travel at www.DriveNC.Gov.

As always, motorists can contact the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP(47) if law enforcement assistance is needed.

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