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Holiday speed enforcement campaign under way

Posted November 23, 2009

— The North Carolina Highway Patrol is conducting its "Operation Slow Down" campaign to crackdown on speeding drivers.

Troopers will target interstates and major-four lane highways across the state as part of the effort, which began Nov. 16.

“The goal is to slow people down, write seatbelt tickets, arrest drunk drivers, stop people who are following too close, and any other violation of the motor vehicle laws,” state trooper T.L. Garner said.

Troopers enforcing 'Operation Slow Down' Troopers enforcing 'Operation Slow Down'

Last year, during the Thanksgiving holiday week, 25 people died on state highways and another 1,800 were injured, according to the Highway Patrol.

Motorcycles, patrol cars, unmarked cars and helicopters will be used to get drivers to ease up on their speed, which is the leading cause of crashes and traffic deaths in the state.

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

Troopers will also be looking for expired tags. Garner said he is seeing an upswing in drivers not getting their tags renewed this year.

“It may have a lot to do with the economy, because if folks can't (or) don't pay their taxes on their vehicle, they can't get the plate updated,” he said.

During Operation Slow Down last February, troopers issued more than 26,000 speeding tickets statewide. The campaign runs through Sunday night.

Dangerous driving can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on cell phones from anywhere in the state. For more information on Operation Slow Down, visit the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Web site.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 25, 2009

    krazikatt2, it's the tailgater who gets the "road rage" ticket...not the person being tailgated.

    Road rage is started by someone getting impatient or angry with other drivers and then trying "teach them a lesson".

    So, the cops look for people tailgating, cutting in and out of lanes, flashing their headlights, etc.

  • rescuefan Nov 24, 2009

    RMC10, I'm not sure how this ties the crackdown on speeders to MADD. The article you provided shows that they are trying to crackdown on drunk drivers by setting up checkpoints.

  • RMC10 Nov 24, 2009


    link to Highway Patrol and MADD and this holiday campaign


    Governor's Highway Safety Program and MADD

    and on NC MADD site there is an Highway/Police department form for reporting stats for volunteer hours for MADD, # of Violations, etc.

    Federal and State money for highways is tied to participating in MADD programs.

  • wakeconative4ever Nov 24, 2009

    One thing that really irritates me is the amount of Chevy Tahoes that are being used by the SHP. I went to McCalls in Clayton the other day, and there had to be 40 SHP Tahoes in the parking lot at lunch. Surely, there is a more efficient vehicle for them to drive. I wonder what a 50% increase in fuel economy would do to their budget.

    The ONLY troopers who drive Tahoes are the ones who either do motor carrier duties (old DMV) and the Collision Reconstruction Unit troopers, who reconstruct bad accidents. I know....there is one in my garage.

  • RonnieR Nov 24, 2009

    Actually, speed kills refers to meth, at least, that is how I learned it. Speed is the street name.

  • nerdlywehunt Nov 24, 2009

    Please children, the facts are that people that really speed are not deterred by tickets. The will speed with or without a license until they are put in jail. The term "speed kills" is another American myth propogated to justify the fines from speeding tickets. In Europe they don't pretend that they are doing the public a service by making the roads safer by not speeding. If you have an accident and are at fault you are toast!!!!

  • ASU Nov 24, 2009

    The facts are too may people are killed in Car Crashes from speeding and other traffic violations

  • ASU Nov 24, 2009

    I am sorry I couldn't remember that far back. I try to speak on what I know is correct. Once again I am sorry. I try to speak from facts.

  • ASU Nov 24, 2009

    All over the US and in North Carolina. We still have more people killed in Car Crashes than that are Murdered. I think traffic safety is serious. Just ask the families who have had family killed in a car crash.

  • rescuefan Nov 24, 2009

    I'm not sure why the moderators won't let me post.

    Speeding is breaking the law. Plain and simple. It's illegal and if you do it you deserve the ticket. Just because some people think it's a lesser offense doesn't make it so. Some people think shoplifting is a lesser offense. It's still not right.