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“No Need 2 Speed” Campaign Began April 2; Tips for Spring Break Road Trips

RALEIGH, N.C. : April 2, 2012 - The Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace along with N.C. State Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Wellington Scott and Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons, Jr. kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign today at the Rockingham Speedway.
During the week-long campaign, which lasts today through Sunday, April 8, local and state law enforcement agencies will conduct stepped up patrols and enforcement to cite speeders and other traffic law violators on North Carolina’s highways.
“Speeding can be deadly,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “In North Carolina last year, there were 428 speed-related fatalities and 412 of those fatalities were unbelted. Our partnerships with law enforcement to strictly enforce North Carolina speed limits are crucial to keeping our highways safe.”
Officers will focus their efforts on all roads, including interstates, major highways, rural two-lane roads and city streets across the state. During the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign in March 2011, state and local law enforcement agencies cited 12,476 motorists for speeding.
Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state.  For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website at http://www.ncdot.gov/programs/GHSP/
With many families and students hitting the road for the Easter holiday or spring break, the N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable trip.
Follow these tips to ensure a safe journey to your destination:
Check road conditions for your entire route, so that you do not find yourself trying to make up time on the road. Visit the travel page on the NCDOT website to learn about road construction, accidents, weather conditions or other incidents that may affect your travel time;
• Call 511, North Carolina’s toll-free travel information line, for real-time alerts and updates. Follow NCDOT’s Twitter feeds for the regions or interstates along your route;
• Get information on the go with NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. This site has a number of features to help travelers, including traffic updates, ferry routes, train information, and a listing of rest areas.
To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones;
• Minimize distractions when driving. The latest research shows that you are 23 times more likely to crash your vehicle if you text while driving.
Other distractions in your vehicle may include eating and drinking, grooming, using a navigation system, or adjusting your stereo;
• Remember, if you drink, don’t drive. Designate a sober driver. In 2011, 388 people died and 8,159 people were injured in alcohol-related wrecks in North Carolina; and
• Obey the speed limit. In 2010, speeding was a contributing factor in approximately 34 percent of all reportable motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina; those crashes resulted in 459 fatalities and 42,017 injuries.
Driver license offices and license plate agencies across the state will be closed on Friday, April 6, in observance of the state’s Good Friday holiday.
Offices will reopen at their regular times on Monday, April 9.
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles operates about 112 driver license offices across the state. These offices administer tests for obtaining a North Carolina driver license and also offer state-issued identification cards.
About 116 license plate agencies, operated by private contractors or city and county governments, offer vehicle titling, registration services throughout the state.
Online registration renewals, duplicate registrations, and orders for personalized and special license plates are available at www.ncdot.gov/dmv.