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Southern Nash police call Fourth of July traffic enforcement campaign a success

State sees more motorists on the road

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With Operation Firecracker in the rearview mirror, local and state authorities are concentrating on the growing number of motorists on the road as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease.

Authorities in southern Nash County were involved in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Fourth of July weekend campaign focused on drunken driving enforcement.

In Bailey, officers stopped traffic offenders, netting 10 citations for speeding, three driver license violations, four vehicle registration violations, one equipment violation and one reckless driving ticket, according to Bailey Police Officer Grace Kane.

Spring Hope Police Chief Nathan Gant said several checkpoints were conducted with traffic citations handed out along with a few driving while impaired arrests.

Middlesex Police Chief Mike Collins said his officers participated in the campaign, but no citations were issued. 

“Everything was quiet here in Middlesex. No arrests,” Collins said.

More drivers are on the road now than any point during the last six months, according to state transportation spokeswoman Lauren Haviland.

“Even though the ‘Safer at Home’ order continues in North Carolina, more drivers across the state are going places,” Haviland said. “While the amount of traffic is still below average overall, more people are driving this month compared to previous weeks.”

Despite the low number of drivers overall, Haviland said it’s still important to: buckle up, obey the posted speed limit and avoid distracted driving.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reminding drivers of the following basic traffic laws:

• ​Parking on highways is prohibited.

• Headlights must be used from sunset to sunrise.

​• Unless otherwise posted, right turns at a red light are permitted after a complete stop.

• Motorists must move over one lane, or slow down if shifting lanes isn’t possible when passing law enforcement and emergency vehicles with flashing lights as well as wreckers and incident management assistance patrol vehicles that are stopped on a highway shoulder.

• ​Disposing of litter on public or private property, except by an individual who owns the property, is illegal. 

​• Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a mobile phone or technology associated with a mobile phone while driving except in emergencies or when talking to a parent or spouse. 

​• Drivers are prohibited from reading or writing text messages or emails while the vehicle is moving.

•​​ Helmets meeting federal standards are required when riding a motorcycle or moped. 

• Children under 16 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.