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Troopers Look to Slow Down Lead-Foot Drivers

Posted November 13, 2007

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— The Highway Patrol is launching another crackdown on speeding drivers.

Troopers will target interstates and major-four lane highways across the state as part of Operation Slow Down, which kicks off Tuesday. Troopers said there will also be increased patrols on secondary roads.

The crackdown comes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, when thousands of people were expected to hit the road.

Motorcycles, patrol cars, unmarked cars and helicopters will be used in the effort to get drivers to ease up on their speed.

The Highway Patrol said speed is the leading cause of crashes and traffic deaths in the state.

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  • leo-nc Nov 14, 2007

    "I have a grip w/ NCSHP. Not so much with the people that do 10 - 20 mph over but with the that go 90 mph or 100 mph. They don'teven try to stop them. Just let them go and yes I have seen that happen. Seen the "viper's just go. The viper might can outrun the Highway Patrol but not the radio. Nothing gets done about that. They are terrible and dangerous weaving in and out of traffic on I95 and I40. Nobody even tries to stop them and they need the ticket and their license revoked the most not the people who are maybe tryign to get to the airport, hospital or late for work.. Comments from the poster who are officers, NCSHP????"

    Whenever I see one, and have any kind of chance of catching them, I will go after them. I can only tell you what I do. I NEVER just let those speeders that you speak of go by without attempting to stop them. You talk about this like it happens all the time, yet you have no clue about the circumstances. A lot of arm-chair quarterbacks on here.

  • BLOCKHEAD Nov 14, 2007

    "LESS THAN" "THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT" when the operation of said motor vehicle over and upon said inside lane shall impede the steady flow of traffic

    NOT

    "LESS THAN" "THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT" ( AND-OR ) when the operation of said motor vehicle over and upon said inside lane shall impede the steady flow of traffic.

    STUMP !!

  • BLOCKHEAD Nov 14, 2007

    Dazed, From Your Post @ 2:11 PM

    it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle over and upon the inside lane, next to the median of any "DUAL-LANE" highway at a speed "LESS THAN" "THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT" when the operation of said motor vehicle over and upon said inside lane shall impede the steady flow of traffic

    "DUAL-LANE" highway at a speed "LESS THAN THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT"

    I posted that yesterday, You need to get with the program !

    Stop with the ignorant comments ??

    Read the law and stop posting BS??

    You must be friends with Nancy Too, Dumb as a stump !

  • Dazd N Confused Nov 14, 2007

    I just wish that LEOs in NC would enforce all the traffic laws, not just one's from a "crackdown."

    I do believe that there are good LEOs in NC, but there are a lot of corrupt ones too. I have lived in Durham for years and have had friends of mine leave the DPD because of corruption. You're right... I wouldn't want their jobs. But the new police chief is starting to crackdown on the corruption and trying to restore public trust and a better reputation. It will take time for both the SHP and DPD to get their reputations restored. As an old co-worker of mine used to say to me, "All it takes is 1 'aww **** to take you down and 100 'at-aboy's to get you back up there again." I do respect LEOs and firemen, they do put their lives on the line. So I'm not bad-mouthing the 'good apples' that do everything by the book... I'm bad-mouthing the ones that have ruined the 'good apples' reputation by being corrupt.

  • Dazd N Confused Nov 14, 2007

    ** it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle over and upon the inside lane, next to the median of any dual‑lane highway at a speed less than the posted speed limit when the operation of said motor vehicle over and upon said inside lane shall impede the steady flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn. == GS 20-146(e) of NC Law***

    This is what the LAW is... it's not an "OR" in that it's an "AND" so if you are driving the speed limit and not impeding on the flow of traffic then you're fine and not breaking the law. But if you ARE impeding the flow of traffic (which you are if you're in the left lane and NOT passing anyone) then you ARE BREAKING THE LAW. Stop with the ignorant comments. Read the law and stop posting BS.

  • Dazd N Confused Nov 14, 2007

    BLOCKHEAD - You are exactly that a BLOCKHEAD to hardheaded to understand the law. From your earlier post "Look you are way off base with me. I obey the laws, including moving over for emergency vehicles, why you would assume otherwise is beyond me, And why you would think that I hold back traffic is another assuption of your's. Go attack someone else. " You are ignorant and in this case ignorance is not bliss. Read the statute GS 20-146 Section E in its entirety. Hrre I'll even post it YET AGAIN for you to actually read it instead of being ignorant.

  • 68_polara Nov 14, 2007

    I don't speed much, usually no more then 5 above. But it's not the speeders that are as much of a hazard than those that block traffic causing traffic to bunch up causing everyone to get frustrated. It's dangerous to impede the flow of traffic.

  • BLOCKHEAD Nov 14, 2007

    68_polara

    If you are "EXCEEDING THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT"
    you are the hazard and you are also breaking the law. Basically !!
    If I am Travelling at "THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT" I am NOT

    That's Just Basically !!

    There ain't a cop in the world that would stake his reputation on giving someone a ticket for travelling at the posted speed limit. That's Laughable !!Sorry !!

    The article is about "LEAD FOOTED DRIVERS"

    Not

    "TROOPERS LOOK AT SPEEDING UP DRIVERS WHO HAMPER TRAFFIC FLOW BY TRAVELLING AT THE POSTED SPEED LIMITS"

    You Sound So Silly !!! You must be friends with Nancy !!

  • TLC2 Nov 14, 2007

    I have a grip w/ NCSHP. Not so much with the people that do 10 - 20 mph over but with the that go 90 mph or 100 mph. They don'teven try to stop them. Just let them go and yes I have seen that happen. Seen the "viper's just go. The viper might can outrun the Highway Patrol but not the radio. Nothing gets done about that. They are terrible and dangerous weaving in and out of traffic on I95 and I40. Nobody even tries to stop them and they need the ticket and their license revoked the most not the people who are maybe tryign to get to the airport, hospital or late for work.. Comments from the poster who are officers, NCSHP????

  • 68_polara Nov 14, 2007

    I have to say that living in Durham I have had opportunities to see police interact with some real "upstanding citizens" and I can tell you that they have earned my respect and I have been incredibly impressed with their patience and bravery.

    Thank you law enforcement officers!

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