NC troopers to patrol Interstate 40 during holiday - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

NC troopers to patrol Interstate 40 during holiday

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Motorists using Interstate 40 will see a significant presence from the N.C. Highway Patrol during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The patrol is joining its counterparts across the nation in a campaign focused solely on I-40. The operation begins Wednesday and resumes on Sunday. According to research, the most heavily traveled times are from noon until midnight on Wednesday, Nov., 27, and again from morning until late Sunday,

Officials hope the constant visibility from state to state will create a safe driving environment for all motorists, save lives and prevent injuries.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the patrol investigated 11 fatal accidents, 432 injury collisions and 1,457 property damage collisions. Troopers attribute many of the collisions to excessive speed.

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