RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol will target speeders and aggressive drivers on interstates and major four lane highways through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last year, 15 motorists were killed and 391 were injured on state highways during the holiday period.

“I have instructed our troopers to crackdown on speeders and aggressive drivers this holiday weekend; speed is the leading cause of fatal collisions on our highways,” said Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Our goal is to ensure that all motorists arrive at their destinations in a safe and timely manner.”

Speed and aggressive drivers are the leading cause of traffic deaths in North Carolina.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and ends at midnight Dec. 1. 

Citizens can report highway problems to the patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cell phones. The toll-free call goes to the nearest Highway Patrol communication center.