Highway Patrol increasing presence over holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and many people are packing up and heading to the coast. North Carolina Highway Patrol warns travelers to drive safely as increased patrol presence hits the road.

Troopers say the Care Campaign will begin Friday night and will last through Monday. Drivers who do not follow the rules of the road will be sited. A main focus of the campaign is to address seat belt use as thousands of people commute to vacation destinations. Troopers say commuters can expect to see an increased presence of patrols over the course of their drive.

“We’re going to be targeting speeders, impaired drivers, anything that’s involving causing a collision,” says N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug Coley. “Following too close, any aggressive driving, and we’re going to be working those through fairways that lead to the beach and to the coast.”

The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities by taking a proactive approach. Highways that lead to popular locations, like the beach, will be the busiest with patrols.

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