The North Carolina 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, Highway Patrol will proactively target dangerous driving behaviors to include speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 48 million people will travel by automobile across our nation representing an increase from last year’s predictions. AAA relates this increase in travelers within our country due to relaxed travel restrictions. Accordingly, members of the State Highway Patrol will increase visibility on highly traveled corridors to promote safe driving habits.
Highway Patrol is partnering with the North Carolina Governors Highway Safety Program for the 2021 Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign during this holiday period. The campaign began Monday (November 22), and runs through Sunday, November 28. The goal is to reduce preventable injuries and deaths in collisions due to a vehicle occupant’s failure to use a restraint device.
The following tips have been offered for safe driving during the 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.