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Troopers issue 26K tickets in speeding crackdown

Posted February 23, 2009

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— State troopers issued 26,845 speeding tickets in the past two weeks as part of Operation Slow Down.

The crackdown targeted speeders on North Carolina's interstates. Troopers patrolling Interstate 40 in Johnston County, for example, nabbed drivers going up to 105 mph in a 65-mph zone and 118 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Speed is the leading cause of wrecks on interstates, according to the state Highway Patrol, and 359 people have died in such wrecks over the past four years.

Troopers normally issue about 5,000 speeding tickets a week statewide, officials said.

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  • leo-nc Feb 24, 2009

    So if nothing happened, then get over it.

  • Tater Salad Feb 24, 2009

    LOL!!

    That's the funny part leo-nc - I wasn't busted!!

    I was driving 45 in a 55 (legal last time I checked) as was pulled because some half-brained trooper thought I was "DUI" (yes DUI not DWI) at 7:20 AM!!!

    LOL!! Busted?! Kid you have a lot of learning to do. I can tell you aren't from around these parts!

  • leo-nc Feb 24, 2009

    Headly, dude, you need to get over that whole thing in your past, man. You got busted, and now you're on here whenever you can, trying to claim police state. Now THAT is funny ;)

  • ignc73 Feb 24, 2009

    Here's a thought "Speed Kills"

    Well, that's just not true. Do some reading. Speed limits are put in place for and by insurance companies. If somebody is speeding, they don't pay for an accident. If somebody gets a speeding ticket, they raise their rates. It's a win/win for insurance companies when it comes to speed limits, yet every study shows no significant correlation between speed and accident frequency or severity.

  • ifcdirector Feb 24, 2009

    It's amazing the people posting here who are denigrating law enforcement officers for doing their jobs. Americans are lucky and spoiled. Try speeding or tailgating or anything like this in a country like oh say Germany for example. Think speeding ticket fines are high here? In Germany they are based on your income leve which is how it should be here e.g. instead of paying a $250 fine you could pay a $2500 fine there or more depending on what you make. I actually like that system better and Germany has far safer drivers and roads than we do as a result. I am surprised at the lack of responsible adults posting here posting for safer driving. I don't care if they throw the money in a ditch as long as someone blowing by me at 100mph is getting fined for it. I think you all are confusing fiscal policy with law enforcement here or have seen too many bad movies. Law enforcement and the Highway Patrol do deserve criticism on some issues but this is not one of them. Grow up.

  • Tater Salad Feb 24, 2009

    Hmm, sounds like reckless driving on the part of the speeder to me. So basically you're saying that it's ok for the speed to operate in willful and wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others, but it's not ok for someone to go a few miles an hour under the speed limit. I know which ticket I would write first. ;) - leo_nc

    HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    Tell that to some of your trooper friends. They will pull anyone for ANY offense they THINK someone MAY have committed. You don't have to be breaking ANY law for a state trooper to mess with you, they can merely THINK you have broken a law (kind of scary for a bunch of guys who barely graduated high school without cheating off people who actually got into college.)

    This is what's known as a "POLICE STATE." You simple monkey do as they say monkey say, little man who disguises himself as someone who cares about society. Hey, I think I hear your superiors telling you to pull everyone who is brown or dark skinned, better do as they say!

  • leo-nc Feb 24, 2009

    "When the speed limit is 65 and you have drivers doing 55 or less. The slower driver creates a hazard. As the other drivers change lanes often at the last minute to avoid the slower driver, more wrecks are likely to occur."---

    Hmm, sounds like reckless driving on the part of the speeder to me. So basically you're saying that it's ok for the speed to operate in willful and wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others, but it's not ok for someone to go a few miles an hour under the speed limit. I know which ticket I would write first. ;)

  • tab580642 Feb 24, 2009

    bushisaretard, 128 mph?? LOL!! For what reason sir?? now people like yourself should be arrested, fined the heck out of, insurance rates tripled, and a lil time in "the pokie" (jail) wouldn't be a bad idea either. why don't you get rid of that chick-size BMW and buy you a jet if you are in that much of a hurry?? I'm all for a speed increase to 80-85 mph on open roads, but 128 mph is foolish!!

  • tab580642 Feb 24, 2009

    Some of the speeds are ridiculous, but so are the speed limits. 65 mph on open straight stretches of road is unrealistic IMO. The state keeps these speed levels on roads like this because they know people are going to go faster than that thus creating a low-overhead source of revenue by way of speeding tickets. I've noticed that officers rarely give warnings anymore. I believe that they've been directed to issue tickets whenever they pull a car over. "Find something boys!!" This state is doing everything it can to raise money. 30 bucks for drivers license, 30-40 bucks for an inspection, 33 bucks for registration, etc. It's getting crazy. I said it a long time ago, "to heck with these Bible Thumpers...BUILD CASINOS ALONG OUR COAST!!" People from all over the country love our coast so why not capitalize on it instead of killing the already half-dead pockets of the citizens?? Our officials need to come up with a more creative way to get money other than by fines, fees, & taxes

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 24, 2009

    Increased tickets were to be expected. The state is increasing the number of tickets written to cover the shortfall in the budget from reduced tax collections.

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