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Swift towing planned during DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Abandoned vehicles will be towed from interstates and major state roads in the region during the week of the Democratic National Convention.

Special enforcement will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

Towing will be enforced in parts of Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties.

“We saw a need,” said Jen Thompson, a spokesperson for N.C. Department of Transportation. “Safety is going to be a top priority for all of the agencies involved.”

Swift towing will be a priority on these roads:

•  Interstates 277 and 485 in Mecklenburg.

•  Independence Boulevard from I-277 to Albemarle Road.

•  Brookshire Freeway from I-77 to I-85.

•  Interstate 85 in Gaston, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg.

•  Interstate 77 from the South Carolina state line to Interstate 40 in Iredell County.

N.C. DOT and the N.C. State Highway Patrol pushed for towing authority as a safety measure. Heavy traffic is expected as thousands of visitors arrive and move around the region.

Disabled and abandoned vehicles will be towed if they are left on designated roads or on the shoulders.

No fines will be issued, but vehicle owners will be responsible for paying the cost of towing.

Vehicles will not be towed if the driver remains at the vehicle while waiting for roadside assistance.

N.C. DOT will use overhead message signs and portable message signs to post alerts about problem areas and to steer drivers around congested areas.

Call 511 for traffic updates from N.C. DOT, or visit m.ncdot.gov, a version of the NCDOT website for mobile devices.

Sullivan: 704-358-5532; Twitter: @Sullivan_obs
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