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Highway Patrol Campaign Targets Lead-Foot Motorists

Posted April 2, 2007

— Troopers across the state will be out in full force this week as part of Operation Slow Down.

Law enforcement officers will be targeting interstates and major four-lane highways across the state in an effort to crack down on speeders.

Officials said speeding is one of the leading causes of crashes and traffic deaths in North Carolina.

Troopers said it is not unusual to see speeders going 80 or 90 miles an hour on the interstates. However, they said many drivers are seen traveling more than 100 miles an hour.

The Highway Patrol conducts speeding crackdowns at least a handful of times every year, usually around holidays and busy driving times.


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  • wingnut61285 Apr 5, 2007

    When I move over to pass a slower car I always go the pace of traffic in the fast lane, then get back over and slow down. Yea I hate when people dive into the empty lane at the light then take their time to get up to speed, then they go 5 under.

  • oldrebel Apr 4, 2007

    A handfull of ball bearings does wonders to tailgaters.

  • El Doggo Apr 3, 2007

    If you are in the right lane and see a car overtaking you in the left lane wait for them to pass you before you pull over to pass that slower car! Pulling over in front of upcoming traffic is a GREAT way to get tailgated! I see this happen a lot around here! Drivers think that because they are moving faster than the car in front of them that is ok to switch lanes even if they will slow down even faster traffic themselves!

    Oh! And if you are approaching a red traffic light and there is a clear lane don't switch to it if you are not planning to move faster than the car you were following - especially if you are pulling over in front of an upcoming vehicle!

  • bill52674 Apr 3, 2007

    Funny, I drove about 80 miles on area highways yesterday and saw one state trooper having someone pulled over...

  • wingnut61285 Apr 3, 2007

    canihelpu: nice quote, LOL.

    If we all would keep it less than 7 over on secondary roads and less than 12 over on highways they wouldn't be ticketing speeders anymore. If i'm going 10 over in the fast lane is that too slow for you? STOP TAILGATING ME!!!!!!!!

  • Ride4Him Apr 3, 2007

    I told you all (or y'all if your a native of N.C.)that ole BUFORD T. JUSTICE would get you!

    By the way please say hello to Jr. if you happen to get pulled over, I miss seeing him holding his Daddy's Hat!

  • Fence Straddler Apr 3, 2007

    Great Job NCSHP!!! Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!

    This needs to be done more often. I think the speeders and aggresive drivers are getting bolder and bolder. We need more aggresive enforcement on these speeders and aggresive drivers.

    Watch for the "Black and Silver" and "Move Over" if you see them on the side of the road with a customer.

  • futbalfantic Apr 3, 2007

    Intercept someone did that to a friend of mine. So he tailgated. The driver infront brake checked him. He didnt stop and plowed the other car off the road and kept going. Now who lost in that one. And I might add he did not get caught.
    Side note. If a sign states "keep right except to pass" going slow in the left lane will earn you a ticket

  • Tarheeljunior Apr 2, 2007

    No Quater, no kidding! Every time someone sees a cop, their first reaction is to hit the brakes, no matter how fast they are, or are NOT, going. When there is a pile up, the person in the rear gets blamed when it never would have happened if it weren't for Johnny Law. As for you guys comparing the highway to a NASCAR race, you have been cracking me up all day long!

  • No Quarter Apr 2, 2007

    larrytxeast...I completely agree. It seems to me that many drivers think they are being safer by driving slower, but that actually decreases safety in my opinion because it causes unnecessary bottle necks and "kinks" in the chain of cars, so to speak. Meanwhile, you've got Johnny Law scaring everyone by his mere presence, making things even worse.