State troopers to patrol every 20 miles along I-40 during Thanksgiving weekend

- Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel across the country, and North Carolina State Highway Patrol says they will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior. 

SHP says they plan to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along the I-40 corridor throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. 

The efforts will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will go until Sunday, Nov. 25. 

"Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones to once again unite together", said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.  "Our mission is simple; reduce needless collisions in hopes of reporting zero fatalities statewide."

Highway Patrol says motorists can assist with safe travel by following a few simple tips:

  • Plan Ahead - Expect delays and plan to use alternate routes
  • Reduce Speed - Speeding is still the leading cause of traffic collisions
  • Increase Following Distances - A two-second lead time among vehicles is encouraged
  • Avoid Distracted Driving - Driver focus should be solely on driving
  • Never Drive Impaired - Plan ahead; designate a sober driver, us a taxi or contact a ride service
  • Lane Clearance - If involved in a collision without injury, remove vehicles to shoulder

You are also encouraged to contact *HP if you see any impaired or reckless driving.

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