Police in the Charlotte metro region and across the Carolinas are launching a Fourth of July holiday crackdown on speeding and drunk driving. The crackdown already is under way, with the Highway Patrol in both Carolinas and local law enforcement agencies staying very active on the region’s highways today.
The official July 4 holiday weekend runs from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2nd until midnight Sunday, July 5th, according to law enforcement agencies. In North Carolina, the police activity is being called Operation Firecracker. It involves the N.C. Highway Patrol, sheriff’s offices and local police.
“I have instructed our troopers to crack down on traffic violators on our interstates and to apply strict enforcement to those motorists who are traveling at dangerous speeds or in a careless manner,” said Colonel Walter Wilson Jr., commander of the N.C. Highway Patrol.North Carolina troopers will use electronic speed-tracking devices and will increase their road patrols. South Carolina troopers will do the same, authorities there say.
In addition to speeding, police say they also plan to watch for drunk drivers. They will conduct traffic checkpoints, in addition to increased road patrols and speed checks. Gastonia police said this morning that they too are stepping up patrols during Operation Firecracker. That could include checkpoints, in addition to an increased presence on the roadways.