RALEIGH — The N.C. Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday.
According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) are expected to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6 percent from last year.
To ensure a safe driving environment for motorists, the Highway Patrol will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday, which officially begins today (Thursday) and ends at midnight Monday.
Last year in North Carolina, troopers investigated 14 fatal collisions and 403 injury collisions over the Labor Day weekend. The 2013 Labor Day holiday period statistics are lower than those reported for 2012 when troopers investigated 24 fatal collisions.
Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using LIDAR and other speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws.
Troopers will also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers who tend to cause many crashes. Aggressive drivers have 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.
Travelers may report crashes, drunk drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellphones.