RALEIGH – Eight state police and highway patrol agencies spent Friday, June 10, 2016, through Sunday, June 12, 2016, enforcing Operation Border to Border along approximately 791 miles of U.S. Route 15 in an effort to prevent traffic crashes along the heavily-traveled corridor. This coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative resulted in 3,068 total summonses and arrests among the eight states. No traffic fatalities occurred during the three-day project.
State troopers from North Carolina, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia worked together conducting saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, commercial vehicle inspections and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat criminal behavior along this non-interstate highway. The north-south East Coast corridor is popular for passenger and commercial vehicles attempting to avoid congested interstates serving all eight states, especially during the summer travel season.
Operation Border to Border targeted 37.85 miles of Route 15 in Maryland; 12.71 miles in New York; 158 miles in North Carolina; 195 miles in Pennsylvania; 159 miles in South Carolina; and 230 miles in Virginia.
Along the entire multi-state stretch of Route 15, troopers stopped 1,366 speeders and 65 reckless drivers. A total of 32 drunk drivers were taken off the road. Troopers cited 387 seat belt violations and 27 child restraint violations. The initiative also netted 74 felony and misdemeanor arrests, to include 25 drug arrests. Troopers also provided assistance to 112 motorists along the route.
Summonses/Arrests /Other Traffic Violations by Other States:
- Maryland: 283 …to include 253 motor carrier inspections
- New York: 102…and conducted 95 motor carrier inspections
- Pennsylvania: 514…to include 361 speeding citations
- South Carolina: 316…to include 172 seatbelt citations
- Georgia: 158…to include 12 driving while impaired arrests
- Florida: 698…to include 114 seatbelt citations
- Virginia: 802…to include 355 speeding citations
Specifically in North Carolina, troopers issued 147 traffic violations. Below is a breakdown:
- 58 Speeding violations
- 26 Seatbelt violations
- 25 Driver’s license violations
- 16 Vehicle registration violations
- 10 Other motor vehicle violations
- 4 Stoplight/stop sign violations
- 3 Careless and reckless driving violations
- 2 Improper passing violations
- 2 Child restraint violations
- 1 Yield violation
In addition, North Carolina State Troopers conducted numerous motor carrier inspections that resulted in the following motor carrier violations:
- 19 Motor carrier inspections
- 17 Motor carrier violations discovered
- 5 Motor carrier vehicles were placed out of service
- 3 Motor carrier vehicles were placed out of service for over-weight violations resulting in$432 in total fines.