Highway Patrol: Abandoned cars on highway not a priority

- You see them sitting on the side of the road as you drive down Billy Graham Parkway onto I-85: Abandoned vehicles, left stranded all over the Queen City. 

FOX 46 is working to get results. We went to NC State Highway Patrol and asked: What does it take to get these cars off the curb? 
 
While highway patrol says the abandoned cars aren't a high priority because they've got to respond to so many wrecks and there's a shortage of troopers statewide, they still want you to report it by calling *47. 

When troopers or NCDOT workers are alerted of an abandoned car, they tag it with an orange sticker. 

The owner then has 24 hours to come pick it up if the tag is in-state and 48 hours if the tag is out of state. After that, troopers call a wrecker to pick up the cars, but that might not happen right away. 

Almost 2,000 cars were tagged by DOT workers from January 1 to July 31 this year in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell and Catawba counties combined. 

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