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Cary Police Out In Force To Catch Speeders

Posted May 1, 2002

— Starting Wednesday and lasting for six weeks, every uniformed Cary police officer will be assigned to a major road or residential street to catch speeders as part of a new campaign called Operation Slow Down.

"This time of year, we always see an increase in traffic accidents and complaints on our thoroughfares," Davis said.

Sergeant Scott Davis of the Cary Police Department said this time of year, there is an increase in the number of traffic accidents and complaints. He said speed led to a pretty dangerous year on Cary roads in 2001.

"Last year, we had over 3,000 traffic accidents with 755 of them personal injury and three fatalities last year," he said.

Officers will shadow drivers using radar and pace clocks with certified speedometers as part of Operation Slow Down.

"We will use our traffic team to the fullest extent, both motor officers and our units in the car. We will also have a radar trailer, which we set up to let people know when they're speeding," Davis said.

Motorists will find officers on major roads like Kildaire Farm Road, Walnut Street and Maynard Road as well as smaller neighborhood streets and school zones.

Cary police say drivers should not expect many warnings to be issued, but it will be a vigorous campaign.

"It's quality of life for the citizens. By enforcing the speed limits, it will make our roads safer for the citizens of Cary and the people coming to visit us," Davis said.

Officers believe the increase in traffic accidents this time of year might have something to do with warmer weather and a more care-free attitude.

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