With the holiday season in full swing, the North Carolina Highway Patrol will be looking to curb the unexpected increase in fatal collisions experienced in 2020.

The anticipated increase in vehicle traffic over the holidays will require all across North Carolina to practice safe driving habits.

Last year, troopers responded to 2,970 collisions between the dates of Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. Among those collisions, 745 were injury related and 27 resulted in a fatality.

This year, the SHP hopes to decrease the number of collisions during the same time frame by focusing on violations such as excessive speeding, reckless driving, following too close and impaired driving.

The 2020 Holiday Booze It & Lose It Campaign runs through Sunday, January 3.

NCDOT is suspending most construction activity along its major highways to keep lanes open for those traveling through the holidays.

The work along interstates, as well as U.S. and key N.C. routes is expected to shut down now through the evening of Dec. 29 and then again from the morning of Dec. 31 through the evening of Jan. 5.

Before you head out, go to driveNC.gov for the most up-to-date traffic information.