Jeff Pruett of the North Caroina State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces, is expected to be a busy one and officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina, This means more people will be on the highways, increasing the chance of traffic crashes
Troopers across the state will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday weekend. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state.
The holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and ends at midnight, Monday, May 30. Last year 11 motorists died and 358 were injured in traffic collisions over the Memorial Day holiday.
To prevent needless injuries and deaths, the Highway Patrol needs the cooperation of the driving public. Citizens may report crashes, impaired drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing * HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller to the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.