Gov. Mike Easley recently announced he is creating a transition
team to oversee the merger of the Department of Motor Vehicle
enforcement section to the state Department of Crime Control and
Public Safety, the same agency that oversees the Highway Patrol.
comes after the launch of a state/federal investigation into allegations
against the DMV of ticket-fixing, bribe-taking, political donations
and favoritism toward some western North Carolina trucking companies
in enforcement of trucking laws.
is clear that the consolidation of DMV's enforcement section with
the department makes practical and financial sense," Easley
said in a released statement. "By housing the two law enforcement
agencies responsible for our highways in one agency, we can reduce
and improve the command structure. The bottom line is more professional
and efficient regulation of our state's roads and safer highways."
said the consolidation would save the state at least $4 million.
No mention was made of the ongoing investigation of DMV personnel.