NC Troopers hope new program cuts deaths on major highways this holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is taking part in a campaign during the Thanksgiving holiday aimed at curbing deaths on major roads.

It’s called “Vision Zero.” The goal is get through the Thanksgiving holiday with no deaths on the state’s major highways.

A trooper or local officer will be stationed at least every 20 miles, including on interstates 40, 85 and 95.

“When you’re driving, just drive. It’s very dangerous. The cars are basically a weapon,” said Trooper Marc Cerbone.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday season, the Highway Patrol investigated 14 fatal crashes and another 440 in which people were injured.

WNCN rode along with Cerbone Wednesday afternoon. He was focused on curbing speeding and drunk driving.

“So, we have a lot of people coming back that went out of town. They’re happy to see their friends. They’re looking to have a good time. So, we’re going to make sure we buckle down on 440, 540,” said Cerbone. “If we can keep speed down, also the impaired driving, we can’t be everywhere all the time but where we are we can control it.”

“Vision Zero” will conclude on Sunday at 9 p.m.

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