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State Highway Patrol monitors drivers in Wrightsville Beach

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"Our purpose out here is to ensure that the folks riding to and from the beaches or from any destination get where they want to go safely," Pope said. "Our purpose out here is to ensure that the folks riding to and from the beaches or from any destination get where they want to go safely," Pope said.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol spent Labor Day making sure motorists were safe on southeastern North Carolina roads.

Multiple troopers were stationed on Wrightsville Beach Monday afternoon.

According to First Sergeant Troy Pope with the State Highway Patrol, the holiday weekend brought large amounts of traffic to the Cape Fear Region that required additional law enforcement presence.

"We have a large influx of traffic with the holiday weekend, so our purpose is just to come out here and try to be seen, and be very diligent in our efforts to ensure the safety of the motoring public," Pope said. "Our purpose out here is to ensure that the folks riding to and from the beaches or from any destination get where they want to go safely."

At the time of the interview, Pope said a dozen citations had been issued to drivers leaving Wrightsville Beach for various reasons.

He said no motorist had been cited for driving impaired during the afternoon checkpoint.

Pope said there had been no fatalities investigated by the State Highway Patrol in either Brunswick or New Hanover County during the weekend.

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