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Speed limit enforcement campaign unveiled ahead of holiday weekend

Posted March 24, 2016

— The North Carolina Governor’s Safety Program launched a campaign Wednesday morning, advising drivers that speeding regulations will be heavily enforced over the holiday weekend.

The program—Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine—reminds drivers to pay attention to posted speed limits. Officials said the campaign is designed to drive down the state’s speed-related fatalities.

“It’s going to take a lot of work, not just on our part but on the general public just taking personal responsibility for the way they drive,” said Don Nail, director of the North Carolina Governors Highway Safety Program. “Their behavior they exhibit on the roadway, whether it’s speeding or aggressive driving or being on the cell phone.”

Officials said more than 1,300 fatalities occurred in 2015; in more than 300 cases, speed was a factor. During last year’s ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine’ campaign, 23 fatalities were reported, including five speed-related deaths.

“We’re really looking for voluntary compliance with the speed laws in North Carolina, whatever the posted speed is,” Nail said. “That’s technically what the maximum speed you should be going on the roadway is.”

Officials said the speed limit enforcement campaign runs through April 3.


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  • Scott Householder Mar 25, 2016
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    Money, money, money.. I cannot count the number of times that I have been passed by marked police/state troopers that were running 80+ mph, with NO lights or sirens - and I don't drive slow, by any means.

    It would seem that the police are, in fact, above the law. If you want US to slow down, why don't YOU start by setting a good example?

    Trust me, I would MUCH RATHER be doing 80 when conditions allow. I drive because I have a destination to arrive at, not because I like to drive. Oh, and the speed traps?? Not a lawyer, but isn't entrapment against the law in NC??SHEEESH!!!!

    I CAN'T DRIVE 55!!!!

    PS- How about ticketing the numbskulls that drive in the left lane of the interstate doing well below the posted speed limit? That, to me, is by far much more dangerous than running 10-12 miles over the limit.

  • Steve Faulkner Mar 24, 2016
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    Wouldn't speed be a factor in ALL of them?? If nobody was moving, there wouldn't be a problem.

  • Thomas White Mar 24, 2016
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    This is not about safety, but a way to generate revenue. On a weekly basis I see Apex Police parked on 64 looking to catch speeders.