An estimated one million North Carolina residents are expected to be on the highways during the July 4th holiday. The travel industry association says that figure is 2.4 percent higher than last year.
Police are warning that Independence Day traditionally is the heaviest travel period of the summer as well as one of the most dangerous. An average of 17 people have died in highway accidents over the past five years in North Carolina crashes.
The highway patrol says it will have extra troopers on the road and they will be looking for aggressive drivers as well as those who are drinking behind the wheel. Drivers can use cell phones to reach the patrol by dialing *HP .