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Fayetteville Police Team Up With Other Agencies To Crack Down on Fast Drivers

Posted November 11, 1999

— Fayetteville police are on the fast track to catch drivers going way too fast on Bragg Boulevard.

On Friday, the Fayetteville Police Department joined other county, state and federal agencies to put the brakes on speeding. They targeted Bragg Boulevard in Cumberland County from downtown Fayetteville to the Harnett County line.

Sergeant Wesley Waters of the Fayetteville Police had a special warning to drivers who frequent Bragg Boulevard -- one of the most traveled roads in Cumberland County.

"Slow down, buckle up and pay attention to traffic laws," Waters said.

More than 230 tickets were written on Friday, and not just for a heavy foot.

Lawmen were looking for other violations. One driver was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.

"He should have had a commercial driver's license to drive a commercial motor vehicle," Paul Graham, from theDivision of Motor Vehicles, said. "He didn't even have one. He was driving with a revoked license."

Military police also booked one driver for possession of marijuana. More vehicles were checked for drugs, but none were found.

Mae Prieto was clocked going 49 in a 35 mph zone. Even with a ticket in hand, she says targeting drivers on the dangerous boulevard was a good idea.

"We were just talking about it at lunch time today," Prieto said. "Everyone was saying, they were cracking down because they know the cops are on every corner today, and that they were trying to catch speeders."

The whole effort was part of the Safe Community Coalition. Officers say that there will be a lot more crackdowns on Fayetteville roads for weeks to come.

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