NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Thanksgiving is known as one of the most traveled holidays across the country. With so many people on the roads, the number of collisions always increases this time of year.
WECT.com got an inside look at what law enforcement is up against this season.
This week has been designated as the time crack down on districted driving in our area.
The NC Highway Patrol is taking the time to really look for drivers using their cell phones while driving. According to troopers, texting while driving has been said to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
"There's nothing wrong with them," said First Sgt. Pope with the NC Highway Patrol when talking about cell phones. "Obviously you can use them, but we don't need to do that when we are doing something as complex as driving a vehicle."
Some troopers suggested drivers putting their cell phones in the glove compartment when they enter the car so they won't have the urge to text.
But cell phones aren't the only distractions on the roads.
"I would say anything that takes your attention away from the driving skill is very dangerous," said Pope.
WECT.com got the chance to ride with a trooper on Monday. In less than three hours, we witnessed 15 citations for driving with a license revoked, driving with no insurance, expired tags and texting while driving.
Troopers said cracking down on the law is harder than what it seems. Most drivers can spot a marked car and are quick enough to put the phone down.
As drivers get ready to hit the road for the holidays, troopers said they should be aware of their surroundings.
At 2 pm on Monday, a trooper pulled over a man accused of speeding, driving without a license and drunk driving.
The suspect told the trooper he had been drinking in the morning and thought he was sober enough to drive to pick up his daughter from school.
After two breathalyzer tests and some questioning, he was taken to jail to be processed.
Troopers said drivers can be cited for texting while driving even if they are stopped at a red light. If you are behind the wheel and texting while the car is on you can get a ticket.
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