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Troopers out in full force for Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 22, 2009

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— Hitting the highways for the holiday weekend? State troopers want to put out a message: Watch your speed.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is increasing its patrols on all interstates and major four-lane highways for the Memorial Day weekend as more vehicles take to the road and the chances for wrecks increase.

Troopers out in full force for Memorial Day weekend Troopers out in full force for Memorial Day weekend

Speed is the No. 1 cause of fatal traffic crashes, authorities said.

Last Memorial Day weekend, nine people died and more than 500 were injured on North Carolina roadways.

"People tend to be a bit more hurried to get to their destinations," said Patrol First Sgt. Cameron Taylor. "They may not focus on their driving as they need to be in order to get to the beach or lake or wherever they're going."

Troopers cited 81 motorists for speeding Friday from speed traps along Interstates 40 and 540 in Raleigh.

Troopers will join local law enforcement for drunken driving and seatbelt checkpoints across the state, and they will also be looking for reckless drivers and enforcing litter laws.

"We are out here. We are going to enforce the laws and take the appropriate enforcement measures – especially during this travel period," Taylor said.

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  • think1st May 22, 2009

    Man, does that SHP Charger sound great or what!!!!!!

  • jones27530 May 22, 2009

    ".another fine example of waisting our tax-paying dollars!!!"---

    Shows how ignorant you are. The income they make from all the citations will pay for their salaries that night ten times over. It only costs "taxpayers dollars" to have a cop on the beat who DOESN'T write tickets.

    Brash-irish you are probably that idiot who comes zooming up and riding my bumper while flashing your lights when I am already doing 5 over the posted speed limit.

    I like drivers like you. I slam on brakes and collect a check.

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  • nccopper May 22, 2009

    It's simple OBEY THE LAW ! SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE LIKE YOU HAVE SENSE, COMMON SENSE THAT IS, WHICH I DOUBT THE MAJORITY OF THE "WHINERS" DO !

  • True Blue in Wake County May 22, 2009

    It's humorous to see the troopers wasting gas out harassing basically law abiding citizens instead of pursuing hardened criminals like murderers, robbers, rapists, drug dealers, etc.....

    It sure is...especially those law abiding citizens that drive in excess of 90 mph that kill teenagers on their way home from proms, malls, or just a drive on the highway. Thank god for donuts and hardened criminals (funny, I'm not sure what a "hardened" criminal looks like), or else granny blue hair driving in her catarac glasses might be late for bingo.....Perhaps we give you the Genesis II and a ticket book and you free us up to catch those "hardened" criminals.....

  • leo-nc May 22, 2009

    ".another fine example of waisting our tax-paying dollars!!!"---

    Come on out and teach us how to do it right, instead of complaining. I mean, all those years of experience you have, pass it along. We'd like to know.

  • True Blue in Wake County May 22, 2009

    ahhh the joy of handing out pink copies...what a job!!!

  • rjacks20 May 22, 2009

    hey "brash irish," cops pay taxes too, and i don't here them complaining about enforcing the state's traffic laws. you sound bitter, probably has something to do with the nine points on your drivers license.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 22, 2009

    It's humorous to see the troopers wasting gas out harassing basically law abiding citizens instead of pursuing hardened criminals like murderers, robbers, rapists, drug dealers, etc.....

    Knowing that over 95% of the drivers pulled over for speeding will get a pjc, no insurance points, and no fine, the troopers are wasting everybody's time and money except for the lawyer who gets paid for taking the ticket to court and getting it reduced through a pjc.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 22, 2009

    Be careful. The troopers are out this weekend writing tickets because Bev needs the revenue to pay for Ms. Easley's $180K a year salary at NCSU.

  • jockeyshiftspringer May 22, 2009

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is increasing its patrols...

    That's wonderful and I'm glad they are. Now, if we could get a bill passed like Virgina, we could solve NC's budget woes in a few months.

    Failing to give proper signals - A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop, as required by Article 6 (ยง 46.2-848 et seq.) of this chapter.

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