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Wake County Authorities Issue Over 2,000 Citations In Aggressive Driving Campaign

Posted June 27, 2005

— A combined weeklong initiative by Wake County authorities to crack down on aggressive drivers last week resulted in more than 2,000 charges, 66 warnings and eight arrests, according to numbers released Monday by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Officers from the Raleigh Police Department, the Wake County Sheriff's Office and the Highway Patrol heavily patrolled Interstates 40, 440 and 540 from June 20 to June 24 after receiving complaints about aggressive drivers.

Among passenger vehicles, 1,181 motorists were charged with speeding, with more than 500 speeding over 75 mph.

In addition to speeding charges, there were more than 220 seatbelt violations and over 175 equipment violations. Reckless driving and child restraint violations were also among the top citations issued.

Officers with the Wake County Sheriff's Office also made two felony drug arrests, two misdemeanor drug arrests and captured one fugitive wanted by the United States Customs and Immigration. Officers also seized a 1994 Cadillac and almost $2,000 as a result.

The Highway Patrol's motor carrier enforcement officers also issued 159 citations, including 89 equipment violations.

The Highway Patrol will

continue targeting aggressive drivers in five areas over the next ten days

in North Carolina's five deadliest counties, including Wake County.

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