The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging motorists to slow down as they take Labor Day weekend trips.
The patrol said speed is the top cause of death in traffic accidents and troopers will increase patrols on interstates during the weekend that starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.
The patrol said there were 19 traffic fatalities in North Carolina during the holiday last year. There were 1,189 crashes and 584 injuries during the weekend.
Patrol commander Col. Walter Wilson Jr. said troopers have been told to enforce speed laws aggressively. The patrol also will be watching for aggressive drivers who also follow too closely and makes erratic lane changes.
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