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North Carolina State Highway Patrol
|Colonel William J. Grey|
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol's primary mission is to reduce collisions and make the highways of North Carolina as safe as possible.
Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, making traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers. Our goal is to educate teenage drivers on the dangers of driving irresponsibly.
The State Highway Patrol has more than 1,600 troopers who cover 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadways, more than any other state except Texas. In addition to enforcing the state's traffic laws, State troopers also guide traffic during hurricane evacuations, re-route traffic around hazardous chemical spills, and they stand ready, should any act of terrorism occur.
State Troopers are committed to protecting North Carolina's motoring public. Please be alert and drive responsibly.
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2013 Driving While Impaired Arrests: 21,903
N.C. Highway Fatality Total: 886
The Highway Patrol has eight troop locations throughout the state. A Traffic Safety Information officer is located at each troop to promote highway safety and provide presentations to schools, civic groups, or any other interested parties.
Awards of Valor
|Trooper G.N. Gentieu||Troopers B.K. Covington, J. McMillan and D.B. Strickland||Trooper J.M. Cockerham|
Trooper G.N. Gentieu
Trooper G.N. Gentieu On Sept. 26, Trooper Gentieu was on patrol in Burke County when he observed a house engulfed in flames and a woman and several children in the front yard. The woman told Trooper Gentieu that there were still other children inside the burning house. After calling for back-up, Trooper Gentieu entered the burning house through a window and had to quickly retreat due to the flames and smoke. Trooper Gentieu did not quit. He found another way into the house when the father of the two children met him. Together, they went into the house in an attempt to reach the children's' room before they were both forced out due to the heat and smoke. Trooper Gentieu then assisted the arriving fire department with charging the water lines. The two children did not survive. Trooper Gentieu was treated for smoke inhalation.
According to WSOC-TV, Shane Bowman was one of the first firefighters on the scene and when he arrived, he saw a North Carolina state trooper on the ground who had tried to rescue the children twice, but was forced back by flames and smoke.
"Very brave -- he tried to go in and make a rescue. He had heard there were children involved and did what any of us would do," Bowman said.
Troopers B. K. Covington, J. McMillian, and D. B. Strickland
On June 8, Troopers Strickland and McMillian were conducting an authorized checking station at the intersection northwest of Lumberton when a passenger vehicle sped by the checking station. Troopers tried to catch up to the vehicle, but lost sight of it. Trooper Strickland came to the intersection of Carthage and Pine Log Roads and saw the vehicle had crashed and was starting to burn. He immediately radioed for assistance. Trooper McMillan arrived and he and Strickland used fire extinguishers while simultaneously trying to pull the pinned-in-driver from the wreckage. The heat was so intense the troopers had to back up and go in after the driver again.
Trooper Covington arrived to the scene with another fire extinguisher. The pinned-in-driver started begging the troopers to save his life. Trooper Covington used his fire extinguisher to knock down the flames as Trooper Strickland entered the car and started beating the steering wheel with his flashlight to free the driver's legs from the wreckage. These troopers freed the driver from the wreckage and dragged him to safety. The driver was identified as a wanted person with an extreme criminal background, considered armed and dangerous. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Asheboro. These troopers risked their own lives to save that of another.
Trooper J. M. Cockerham
On May 25, Trooper Cockerham was working a traffic post near the Charlotte Motor Speedway when a white Lexus lost control and started traveling toward Sgt. Ed Suttles and Trooper Cockerham. As the vehicle came across the grassy median, the vehicle collided with four vehicles. Trooper Cockerham was able to push Sgt. Suttles out of the path of the vehicle, and had he not done so, both could have been critically injured or worse.
State Highway Patrol main office number: (919) 733-7952
Motorists traveling through the state who need assistance may dial *47 which is *HP on a cellular phone.
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