About the 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 more than 1,600 troopers who cover nearly 80,000 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.

Col. Freddy JohnsonCol. Freddy Johnson, Jr.
Commander of the N.C. State Highway Patrol







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The N.C. State Highway Patrol has 2,340 employees including state troopers, telecommunicators, radio engineers and civilian staff.

Key Statistics 

  • 2018 Driving While Impaired Arrests: 19,910
  • 2018 N.C. Highway Fatality Total:  1,037

Related Services

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 the Buckle-in-Baby-Safely Program, as well as teenage driving information

Governor's Awards for Excellence

Trooper Dwight Braswell received the Governor's Award for Excellence in 2018 in the categoryof Safety and Heroism. Braswell was recognized for his bravery and selfless service for rescuing a driver from a flipped vehicle that was submerged in freezing water. This trooper's actions saved the man's life. 

Braswell was one of just 20 recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence. The awards represent the highest honor that a state employee can receive for dedicated service.

Need Assistance: dial *47 (*HP) on a cellular phone

Contact Us: 919-733-7952   

A Word About Donations

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol does not solicit financial contributions from private citizens. NCSHP is funded from tax dollars. If you have been contacted by an organization representing itself to be the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, you should know that the NCSHP receives no financial support from these organizations. Some groups include in their names the terms "Highway Patrol," "State Troopers," or "North Carolina Highway Patrol." While some officers may be members of these associations on their own time, these organizations are not affiliated with the NCSHP; they are private associations raising money to fund their own programs.

If you have been contacted by an organization that you believe is misrepresenting itself, contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 919-716-6000.

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