Travel throughout North Carolina is expected to increase over the upcoming Memorial Day
weekend. In an effort to promote traffic safety, reduce collisions, and prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (SHP) is conducting a special enforcement project in Catawba County on Tuesday (May 24). It will be held at the Troop F, District 5 Office at 3265 Highway 70 SE in Newton. The event starts at 9 a.m.
Troopers will be conducting a multi-agency patrol operation targeting highways such as I-40 and US 321. Speeding is a major cause of injuries and deaths on North Carolina roadways. In 2021, over 420 people died in speeding-related crashes in North Carolina. Speeding was a contributing factor in nearly 25 percent of all fatal crashes. Over 540 fatalities were not restrained by seatbelts.
Troopers and other law enforcement officers will be aggressively enforcing violations of
speed restrictions, seat belt use, and other applicable laws. This project will be supporting Governor’s Highway Safety Program initiatives such as Speed a Little, Lose a Lot., Click It or Ticket, and Booze It & Lose It.
The Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit from the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch will also be on-site for tours and public awareness. Enforcement projects such as this are aimed at increasing awareness and gaining voluntary compliance of the motoring public.