Troopers urge safe driving on Sunday


With more cars on the road, state troopers have teamed with Governor Pat McCrory to help keep motorists safe.

During Thanksgiving 2012, there were 11 fatal collisions across North Carolina, and 245 other accidents with injuries.

The sobering statistics prompted McCrory to proclaim Dec. 1 as "Drive Safer Sunday." The governor is urging drivers to heed the Highway Patrol's advice this weekend.

"Number one, slow your speed down. Speed is the number one cause of all our collisions," Trooper Jeff Gordon said. "Number two, increase your following distance. And most important, just have patience."

Troopers are also watching for people not wearing their seatbelts as part of their Click It or Ticket campaign.

"We're participating in I-40 Challenge, which is an initiative that goes from the west coast to the east coast, where troopers are positioned every 20 miles," Gordon said. "What we're looking for is drivers who are driving aggressively, people who are following too close, people who are exceeding the posted speed limit."

Drivers can help their efforts by reporting other dangerous drivers. Dialing *HP will connect callers to the nearest Highway Patrol communication center. Then, people can report others who may be driving erratically or aggressively.

"We'll get a trooper out there, and hopefully we can get that individual stopped," Gordon said.

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