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'Operation Patient Payoff' Targets Aggressive Cary Drivers

Posted March 28, 2007
Updated March 29, 2007

— In an effort to keep drivers safer, Cary police have kicked off its quarterly aggressive driving campaign, entitled Operation Patient Payoff.

The town is targeting aggressive drivers on U.S. Highway 1 from Walnut Street. to U.S. Highway 64 and Tryon Road. On Wednesday, law enforcement officers handed out 56 tickets.

As part of the campaign, police are reminding motorists to allow three seconds to pass between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Officers will also monitor motorists along the corridor to detect speeding, tailgating and lane change violations.

“This operation is really about saving lives and protecting property through awareness and enforcement,” said Lt. Mark Parker.

Parker said 40 percent of all crashes in the town are caused by drivers following too closely.

To further help decrease the number of aggressive drivers, Cary leaders have set up a Road Watch hotline for motorists to report aggressive driving at (919) 319-4521. If numerous complaints are received for one particular area, police respond by increasing visibility on the street through patrols, radar trailers and speed sentries that display speeds to oncoming drivers.


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  • WDW2006 Mar 29, 2007

    Maybe we should all take into consideration that traffic accidents kill more people than guns, drugs and the other "crimes" you believe the police should be fighting. And yes, those accidents are caused by speeding and aggressive driving. Great work by Cary PD!

  • 10-39 Mar 29, 2007

    I don't understand why every one is making a big deal about this. Law Enforcement's job is to be proactive and reactive to problems. I f 40 % of Cary's crashes are caused by drivers following too closely and being aggressive, then the police's job is to solve the problem by enforcing the laws that were made to protect people, by ticketing offenders. Yankees are NOT the only offenders, ALL people speed, follow to closely, cut others off...
    This should not be a big deal, the Cary PD and HP are doing their job. And their doing a great job!!

  • frajo998 Mar 29, 2007

    Instead of writing tickets for going over 55 on the 6 and 8 lanes of US 1, why don't they spend the money to finish the construction, turn on those street light towers at night, and increase the speed limit to 65? It is ridiculous how long it is taking to finish the construction.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 29, 2007

    I moved here from the North 25 years ago and heard the same "Yankee" and Northerner bashing that I'm still reading today. Get over it already! Move on! And, BTW, not all of the transplants came from the North - I've met many who came from all over the South, the West and, of course, other countries. Find something else to whine about - you beat this one to death years ago.

  • hpr641 Mar 29, 2007

    At the risk of making the debate points moot ... there won't be any police motorcycles out today - roads are too damp. Since squad cars are much more visible than motorcyles, and it's not as nice a day to get outside and write up a ticket, the "Operation" will probably be postponed for a day. Just drove that section at lunchtime - no law enforcement in sight the entire stretch, both ways.

  • newport31259 Mar 29, 2007

    "just waiting to earn some money, excuse me, writing tickets."

    Or enforce the law...Again, if you aren't speeding or breaking the law, then this whole process really should not impact you at all. And they even gave everyone plenty of warning.

  • PeterG Mar 29, 2007

    Allowing three seconds to pass between vehicles is rather existential is it not? I assume what they are trying to tell the public is when the vehicle in front passes an object, the vehicle behind should not pass the same object for three seconds.

  • bleh Mar 29, 2007

    Newport, sorry the oficers in the picture are troopers however CPD did just get a bunch of new BMW motorcycles. You will usually find them parked on the sidewalk at the corner of Walnut St. and Tryon Rd. just waiting to earn some money, excuse me, writing tickets.

  • Johnny5 Mar 29, 2007

    "johnny 5, u must be from Cary and have gotten a ticket already, cause you are straying off topic real quick here."

    I am from Cary, but i have not received a ticket.

    Not sure how a discussion about our police force's time and resources in regards to this announcement is "off topic" though...could you please clarify?

  • yacs Mar 29, 2007

    "Highway robery--southern style.Just like Andy and Barney hiding behind the billbaord on the side of the road. Money is the target."

    Sure, richard. Would you feel better if they gave that money to the families of reckless driving victims?

    If they're truly "hiding behind the billboard" then why did they share this information publicly? If money is the target, couldn't they have gotten more if they hadn't warned motorists about the campaign?

    They went public and cooperated with the press because this is meant to be a deterrent to unsafe driving, regardless of who gets the money.