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Enforcement to ramp up for holiday

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The holiday season has officially arrived, and with it holiday travel.

State Highway Patrol troopers will be picking up enforcement throughout the Thanksgiving holiday to keep drivers safe.

“All the districts across the state have had their schedules adjusted to allow maximum coverage, or to allow the maximum number of Highway Patrol members to be patrolling the state’s roadways,” said 1st Sgt. C.M. Tedder.

Tedder said troopers will focus their efforts on roads like Interstate 40 that commonly are used for holiday travel. Enforcement will focus on speeding, aggressive driving, unrestrained drivers and impaired driving.

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“The No. 1 and 2 contributing factors of collisions primarily on our interstates is speeding and following too closely,” Tedder said. “Our focus is that everyone enjoys a safe holiday, and to be able to do that, you have to arrive at your destination safely. Speeding increases your chance of wreck, as well as increases the severity of injuries if you are involved in a wreck.”

It won’t just be just the Highway Patrol cracking down on traffic enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign Nov. 9, with ads running through Nov. 29 and enforcement mobilization running Nov. 16-29, according to a release from the agency.

The release said that nearly half the people killed in passenger vehicle accidents in 2018 were unrestrained.

“We would simply ask for people to abide by the posted speed limit, wear their seat belts and wait until they get to their destination if they choose to enjoy an adult beverage,” Tedder said.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at cmurphy@morganton.com or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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