NCHP officials ‘thankful’

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The North Carolina Highway Patrol participated in two operations over the holiday weekend.

According to Troop A, District II First Sergeant K.P. Pitts, the Thanksgiving weekend was relatively quiet throughout the Roanoke-Chowan region with no fatalities reported.

In fact, the state reported 10 fatalities total during the holiday travel period as compared to 23 last year.

The local highway patrol district participated in both Operation Slow Down and Operation C.A.R.E.

As part of those operations, the group participated in a checkpoint in Bertie County in collaboration with North Carolina Wildlife Officers.

Pitts said the units combined for 91 charges including three drug charges, one concealed weapon charge, 12 hunting violations and many traffic citations.

“It was a very successful week,” Pitts said. “Charges were up and fatalities were down.”