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Thousands cited in speeding crackdown

Posted April 15, 2009

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— State troopers and law enforcement officers from across North Carolina ticketed more than 38,000 drivers for speeding during a recent crackdown, authorities said Wednesday.

Operation Slow Down targeted people driving too fast on highways statewide between March 30 and Sunday. The Highway Patrol issued 18,557 speeding tickets, while other officers issued 19,475 tickets, authorities said.

Excessive speed is the leading cause of highway crashes in North Carolina, authorities said. Last year, 1,405 people were killed in wrecks on state highways.

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  • leo-nc Apr 16, 2009

    "The best way to protect the revenue is NOT to speed. Too many people think the limit does not apply to them and then they get mad when they have to pay. Duh!!"-----

    That makes sense, and we can't have that, can we?!?!

  • ncouterbanks69 Apr 15, 2009

    The person doing 50mph on I 40 is MUCH worse than some doing 75. Those of you creeping along, weaving lanes while dialing on your phone, no knowing where you are going and punishing those of us behind you, slamming on brakes for NO reason THOSE are the dangerous drivers that get people hurt. Not those of us that so 10mph over the speed limit. And making cars that can only go 80??? That made me sides hurt from laughing so much.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Apr 15, 2009

    DougWare.NET, I disagree with your statements under one situation: I am on the right "slow" lane doing the speed limit. You want to go fast and kill yourself, go around me on the left "fast" or "passing" lane. I do not block the left lane on the Interstates and multi-lane streets.

    I totally agree with law enforcement in catching speeders. If that generate more revenue for the state, that's OK with me.

  • GoGreen Apr 15, 2009

    The real problem is not with enforcement folks, it is with the judicial process. As long as driver are permitted to plea this stuff, no real change is going to happen. Make traffic offenses non-negotiable all or nothing affairs. Guilty verdicts and rising insurance rates will follow and the electorate will slow down.

    Until then, good luck on the roads and protect yourselves.

  • miked6500 Apr 15, 2009

    It`s all about revenue.

  • GoGreen Apr 15, 2009

    Doug sez...

    "recommended speed limit"

    It is not a "recommended" speed limit nor a "recommended speed" limit, it is an absolute speed limit above which you are not supposed to drive. The guy doing 50 on the interstate is just fine and dandy provided his vehicle is safe to operate and he stays in the far right lane. The problem is not with the few drivers that dare to drive at the limit or lower but instead with the majority of drivers who insist on driving above the posted. Lock your cruise control on the posted and relax. You blood pressure will appreciate the change.

  • anthony4 Apr 15, 2009

    Obviously this crackdown didn't take place on US 70 Hwy between Goldsboro & Smithfield. Even if you drive 75 miles per hour between 4 and 6 PM you will get run over by some idiot going faster.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 15, 2009

    The U.S. only makes 3% of the oil that it consumes, so speed limits also reduce our foreign dependence. And yes, guzzling gas could be considered UNamerican.

    DougWare, the person doing 50 in a 65 is only more dangerous because everyone else is going WAY over the legal limit. If people would follow the law and drive a MAXIMUM of 65...there's no problem.

    With GPS monitoring and transponder technology ("chips" that transmit unique auto info), speed enforcement is going to evolve dramatically real soon.

  • nccopper Apr 15, 2009

    "Speed doesn't kill, reckless drivers who think they are the only driver on the road does. Quick/unexpected lane changes, excessive speeding beyond what the current conditions permit, tailgating, and people who drive well below the recommended speed limit are the real dangers."

    Ever think that your reaction times to all those "other driver" events at HIGH speeds is GREATLY reduced? ARRIVE ALIVE...SPEED DOES KILL..SLOW OR FAST

  • DougWare.NET Apr 15, 2009

    Oh yeah, one last thing...

    Who is more dangerous? Me (for driving 72 or 73 when conditions permit) or the person I was behind yesterday on the way home (who was doing 50 on I-40 with cars screaming past him doing 75)? I had no option to change lanes because traffic was moving too fast on the left to maneuver into the other lanes. We were even passed twice by cars on the apron.

    Speed doesn't kill, reckless drivers who think they are the only driver on the road does. Quick/unexpected lane changes, excessive speeding beyond what the current conditions permit, tailgating, and people who drive well below the recommended speed limit are the real dangers.

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