The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited more than 14,000 motorists for traffic and criminal violations and more than 200 of those were cited for improper child restraints during the “Child Passenger Safety Week” Campaign, which ran Sept. 17–23.
“State and local law enforcement agencies across the state increased patrols in an effort to make young passengers safe as well as our highways,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “We commend them for their dedication.”
State and local law enforcement officers issued the citations during 1,400 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols. In addition to cracking down on child passenger violations, officers across the state charged 435 motorists with driving while impaired. Officers also issued a total of 3,844 criminal violations, including 891 drug charges, 40 stolen vehicles and 441 fugitives captured.
In Macon County, 122 traffic and criminal violations were cited. In Jackson County, 154 citations were issued.
For county-by-county citation totals or more information regarding highway safety, visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website at www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp.