About the North Carolina 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. Since
1929 the mission of the Highway Patrol has not changed. From a handful of Highway Patrolmen in 1929 the Highway Patrol now
employs 1,813 Troopers to cover more than 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadways.
In 2005, the State Highway Patrol arrested 25,286 people
for driving while impaired, seized $10 million worth of drugs, and investigated 1,160 fatal collisions on North Carolina highways.
The Motor Carrier unit fined thousands of truck drivers for various violations. Troopers
and Motor Carrier Enforcement officers also guide traffic during hurricane evacuations or re-route traffic around hazardous
chemical spills. The Patrol stands ready, should any act of terrorism occur, to carry out the directives of Governor Mike
The Highway Patrol has eight troop locations throughout the
state. Located at each Troop is a Traffic Safety Information officer. These officers promote highway safety and provide presentations
to schools, civic groups, or any other interested parties. The Highway Patrol
continues to promote highway safety through education and enforcement. The Highway
Patrol has safety programs for bicycles, seat belts and school buses and its popular Buckle-in-Baby-Safely Program.
Ronald Kaye Rawlings honorably
ended a tour of the US Army as a Military Policeman and began his career as a Clayton Police Officer in North Carolina. After
four and a half years as a Clayton Police Officer, he would pursue his life long dream of being a North Carolina State Trooper. Although he was turned down three times by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol,
Ronald Rawlings would ultimately preserve in his goal and complete a 26 year career.
Ronald K. Rawlings retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a District First Sergeant and with a Master's
Degree in Administration.
Ronald Kaye Rawlings is the author
of A Black Cop in the South. According to the book description, “it is about a fascinating true story involving a young black
man who was raised in a large single parent, southern family home in North Carolina. Ronald Kaye Rawlings is the author and
his dream as a young child was to be a North Carolina State Trooper. He was able to achieve that goal and even more, but the
road was filled with pitfalls, disappointments, racism, and tragedy.”