Colonel William J. Grey

North Carolina State Highway Patrol 

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol's primary mission is to reduce collisions and make the highways of North Carolina as safe as possible.

The State Highway Patrol has fewer 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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The N.C. State Highway Patrol has 2,340 employees including State Troopers, telecommunicators, radio engineers and civilian staff. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol offers a career opportunity to qualified people seeking employment in public services and law enforcement.

Applications for the 140th and 141st Highway Patrol Basic Schools are currently being accepted. The 140th (Fast Track) Basic School is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Aug. 7 through Nov. 18, 2016. The 141st (traditional) Basic School is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Jan. 15 through Aug. 11, 2017.

2014 Driving While Impaired Arrests: 20,190

2014 N.C. Highway Fatality Total:  913   


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Troop Locations
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.

Safety Programs
The State Highway Patrol has safety programs for bicycles, seat belts and school buses and its popular Buckle-in-Baby-Safely Program.  
Teenage Driving Information is here.

Governor's Awards for Excellence

Two members of the State Highway Patrol received the Governor's Award for Excellence Nov. 17, 2015 in the categories of Innovation and Heroism.

Lt. Jeff Gordon and Trooper Chris Matos, were honored Nov. 17 at the Governor's Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Lt. Gordon received his award in the category of Efficiency and Innovation for using the Highway Patrol's driving simulator to teach teens about distracted driving. Trooper Matos received his award in the category of Safety and Heroism for rescuing a mother and her two children from a frigid creek when their car slid off an icy road.

Gordon and Matos were among 15 recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence and were selected from more than 80 nominations.

“The awards represent the highest honor that a state employee can receive for dedicated service,” keynote speaker and Dept. of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said. “There is something different about these people we recognize today, and it has to do with others. You don't have to look far to find extraordinary contributions from ordinary individuals who have answered the call for public service.”  

For more details on the two winning awards, click here.



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.

Have you recieved a call from a telemarketer claiming to represent the Highway Patrol?  Click here. 


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