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      NC Highway Patrol joining 5 states in US 15 checks

      FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is joining five other state police agencies this weekend in an effort to keep motorists safe along U.S. 15.

      Operation Border to Border is a coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative targeting approximately 791 miles of U.S. 15, which originates in Walterboro, S.C., and ends in Corning, N.Y. The highway is a heavily-traveled thoroughfare for summer vacationers and for those attempting to avoid congested interstates.

      The operation began Friday and continues through Sunday night.

      State troopers from Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia will carry out Operation Border to Border to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities

      In 2012, the operation stopped a total of 509 speeders and 16 reckless drivers. There were no traffic deaths.

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