The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was formed in 1929. Their primary mission is to reduce crime and traffic violations on the state's highways and interstates. Although their main focus is on driving safety, traffic violations, and other motor vehicle concerns, the officers are also a general peace officer who can perform all normal law enforcement officer duties. The Patrol is one of the largest divisions of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
According to the lates figures from their official website, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has more than 1,500 troopers. In 2014 the Patrol arrested 20,190 people and responded to nearly 1,000 highway fatalities.
- The N.C. State Highway Patrol Main Office number is 919.733.7952
- North Carolina drivers (or passengers) can simply dial *47 (same as *HP) from a mobile phone
In addition to stopping those who are breaking traffic laws, the NC State Highway Patrol also promotes highway safety though its Traffic Safety Information officers. These men and women travel the state making safety presentation to school and public groups in an effort to keep the citizens of North Carolina informed and aware of highway safety tips and highway safety dangers.