"The Governor's Highway Safety Program is dedicated to promoting highway safety awareness to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina through the planning and execution of safety programs."
Chief Billy Kelly, Distric Liaison Governor's Highway Safety Program
The Rockingham Police Department is working with the Governor's Highway Safety Program in it's promotion for highway safety awareness, the goal being a reduction in the number of traffic crashes in North Carolina.
Chief Kelly serves as the District Liaison for GHSP. He has been working with the GHSP since 2002.
Chief Billy Kelly was honored in 2015 as Law Enforcement Liaison of the Year by the Governorís Highway Safety Program, at the 2015 Highway Safety Symposium, award presented by Director Don Nail
Sgt. Marcus Ricks was awarded the Region 6 County Coordinator of the Year 2016 at the Governorís Highway Safety Symposium, award presented by Chief Kelly, District Liaison for GHSP
Did you know NC has a Move Over law?
North Carolina's Move Over law protects State Troopers and other law enforcement officers and emergency and utility workers stopped along side our highways.
The Highway Patrol has taken steps to ensure more safety for citizens and troopers. In January, 2002, the state's Move Over law took effect requiring motorists, if they can safely do so, to move one lane away from any law enforcement or other emergency vehicle that is on the side of the highway. This law includes utility vehicles that are on the side of the road restoring electrical service during an unplanned event such as a hurricane or ice storm. The utility vehicles are required to have a flashing amber-colored light.
The law requires motorists slow down and approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the shoulder of the roadway with its lights flashing. Motorists are required to move over to another lane away from the emergency vehicle on a multi-lane highway or slow down on a two lane highway and can do so safely. Motorists must slow down while maintaining a safe speed. G.S. 20-157 (f).
A violation of the move over law will result in a mandatory fine of $250.