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Troopers cracking down on work-zone speeders

Posted April 19, 2010

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— Drivers who speed through work zones in North Carolina might want to think twice. State troopers will be out in force catching dangerous drivers in work zones across the state this week.

Troopers and transportation officials are kicking off Operation Drive Smart 2010, which aims to reduce the number of traffic crashes in road construction sites.

NCDOT reported 2,125 work zone crashes resulting in more than 1,200 injuries in 2009. Of those injuries, 11 were fatal. Speeding and driver distraction account for more than half of all work zone crashes, according to NCDOT.

“I have instructed our troopers to aggressively crack down on motorists traveling at high speeds and driving recklessly,” said State Highway Patrol Commander Colonel Randy Glover.

Operation Drive Smart will concentrate on speeding, aggressive driving and other traffic violations in the following work zones:

  • U.S. 158 in Camden County
  • I-40 in Sampson and Duplin counties
  • I-40 in Wake County
  • I-40/I-540 in Wake and Durham counties
  • U.S. 311 in Guilford and Randolph counties
  • U.S. 70 in Rowan County
  • I-40 in Iredell County
  • I-26 in Buncombe County
  • I-40 in Buncombe County

There are more than 200 major work zones in North Carolina. Troopers will be using motorcycles and marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to target some of the state’s busiest work zones.

Included in the crackdown will be commercial motor vehicle drivers committing serious traffic violations. These violations include driving over the posted speed limit, following too closely, improper or erratic lane changes and careless and reckless driving.

During Operation Drive Smart 2009, troopers issued more than 500 citations for speed violations in work zones across the state. In addition to work zone speed violations, troopers also cited six motorists for driving while impaired, 98 for seat belt violations and 17 for making unsafe movements.

Motorists may report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cell phones.

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  • thepeopleschamp Apr 20, 2010

    "your right im sure the chip i bought is worthless, thats why its banned in 10 states and why the manufacture gives you a guarntee of 10k that if you get busted for speeding while you have the chip in your cars computer they will pay for it." gandalla

    The maker of the expensive computer chip you bought told you it would work huh? Explain what this thing does again? Your car has a speedometer doesn't it, why don't you just read it?

  • gandalla Apr 19, 2010

    Speeding tickets are not taxes. You choose how fast your car goes. Ever heard the saying "play stupid games win stupid prizes"? Why buy some chip for your car? That big gauge in the dash that has numbers on it will tell you the speed your car is going.
    anitov

    your right im sure the chip i bought is worthless, thats why its banned in 10 states and why the manufacture gives you a guarntee of 10k that if you get busted for speeding while you have the chip in your cars computer they will pay for it.

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 19, 2010

    "Every person who hates having to pay extra taxes through speeding tickets needs to invest in a good chip to put in their cars computer they can be expensive but the chip will more than pay for itself after two or three speeding tickets." gandalla

    Speeding tickets are not taxes. You choose how fast your car goes. Ever heard the saying "play stupid games win stupid prizes"? Why buy some chip for your car? That big gauge in the dash that has numbers on it will tell you the speed your car is going.

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 19, 2010

    "Wow, you must be a cop!!! You didnt even address the question which was has there been a surge in construction site collisions and deaths. Yes, the article cites some numbers but are these numbers larger than the ones from the year before?" gandalla

    What difference does it make what last years numbers are? Is 11 deaths and 1200 injuries acceptable for you? Must not be, tell us how many deaths and injuries should be allowable before more enforcement is needed.

  • gandalla Apr 19, 2010

    Every person who hates having to pay extra taxes through speeding tickets needs to invest in a good chip to put in their cars computer they can be expensive but the chip will more than pay for itself after two or three speeding tickets.

  • gandalla Apr 19, 2010

    Did you read the article you posted under? Please see below because you obviously didn't see it the first time. Go tell the families of the 11 people who were killed in work zones that enforcement in those zones is a money grab.

    "NCDOT reported 2,125 work zone crashes resulting in more than 1,200 injuries in 2009. Of those injuries, 11 were fatal. Speeding and driver distraction account for more than half of all work zone crashes, according to NCDOT."
    anitov

    Wow, you must be a cop!!! You didnt even address the question which was has there been a surge in construction site collisions and deaths. Yes, the article cites some numbers but are these numbers larger than the ones from the year before?

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 19, 2010

    "Well, if its not for money, then what is it for? Has there been a surge in construction zone accidents? Has there been a surge in deaths in construction zones that was a cause of excessive speed?" gandalla

    Did you read the article you posted under? Please see below because you obviously didn't see it the first time. Go tell the families of the 11 people who were killed in work zones that enforcement in those zones is a money grab.

    "NCDOT reported 2,125 work zone crashes resulting in more than 1,200 injuries in 2009. Of those injuries, 11 were fatal. Speeding and driver distraction account for more than half of all work zone crashes, according to NCDOT."

  • oleguy Apr 19, 2010

    I work in those Zones, Anybody wanta come and just sit and watch what the drivers are doing , when the are supposed to be driving, On the phone, reading a book, map, or one of those dash maps, Beating kids in the back seat, eating and on the phone, We need to change the speed around Raleigh to 50 MPH.
    The list goes on and some things I cant list here on Golo

  • Tarheelfan13 Apr 19, 2010

    The state highway patrol is a necessity because some type of law enforcement needs to administer and facilitate highway law enforcement in non incorporated areas of the state. One might say the sheriffs department could assume that role but the crux of the matter is that the sheriffs department is better served handling general law enforcement matters throughout the county. The only thing I have noticed about the SHP is that they seem to have been targetting 18 wheeler vehicles alot on particular highways. Maybe someone needs to complain to the Federal DOT about this.

  • 3forme Apr 19, 2010

    if you break the law take your ticket and be quiet...we all exceed the speed limit and gripe when we get stopped..no matter what the court cost and fines are you wouldn"t have to pay them if you didn"t speed...these trucks on I-95 that tailgate slower drivers in the left lane need to get theirs...and before all you truck drivers gripe at me i use to be one ...nobody wants to get hurt or hurt someone else..let these guys do their job and be thankful they are there..

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