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Two-hour effort nabs 149 speeders on I-40

Posted November 18, 2010

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— Law enforcement officers cited 149 drivers on Interstate 40 in Wake County with speeding during a two-hour period Wednesday afternoon, including one driver cited for exceeding 90 mph.

A total of 170 citations were issued during the enforcement effort, authorities said Thursday. Charges included one person who was texting while driving, one fugitive, two people driving with revoked licenses and three who were driving without a license.

During the No Need 2 Speed effort, which began Monday and runs through Nov. 28, stepped-up enforcement and patrols are being conducted across the state. Officers are focusing on drivers exceeding the posted speed limit on interstates and major four-lane highways.

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  • goBRO Nov 19, 2010

    Wonder how many of those tickets were given near a Dunkin Donuts?

    Congratulations on your little project NCHP. Try cleaning up your own department first.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 19, 2010

    A case in point, I try to leave 1 second between me & the car in front of me for every 10 mph I drive. So, if I'm going 60 mph, there should be 6 seconds between me & the car in front of me. This distance is needed in case I need to come to a sudden stop. This is not the distance for other drivers to use to weave in and out of traffic.

    When it rains, especially when it first starts to rain, oil and grease pull up to the top of the asphalt. This has a direct affect on your ability to control your vehicle. Four-wheel drives do nothing when you are hydroplaning. Slow down when it rains.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 19, 2010

    The difference between Germany & the US is that Germans by & large know how to drive.

    It's one thing to speed. It's another thing to speed, use your turn signals, and to leave enough room to control your vehicle.

    Based on my experience on the beltline & around Raleigh, drivers by & large do not use turn signals to indicate turns; they don't use indicators to tell others about planned lane changes; red lights are merely suggestions; and it's perfectly acceptable to use the left turn lane to make a right turn.

    Complain about "slow" drivers or "fast" drivers all you like. What bothers me is that we don't play by the rules regardless of the speed. And that is what kills.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Nov 19, 2010

    149 in 2 hours. Hmmph, they could have gotten that many on the Beltway in under 1/2 hour.
    nomorethanthat

    Ever try to pull a car over on the beltway? Good luck with that one.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Nov 19, 2010

    Fact. You look it up. You'll find "inattention" is the leading cause of accidents. Additionally, habitual speeders tend to have less accidents than those who claim to do the speed limit all the time. Government Traffic study from several years ago.
    timboduck

    FACT: you didn't site the study....so who knows if it is true.
    Real fact: "Speed by itself doesn't appear to be sufficient to cause a fatal crash," Davis says. Rather, he adds, speed comes into play when a driver finds him- or herself in a crash-avoidance situation, resulting either from driver error or by a surprise event outside of his or her controla pedestrian stepping suddenly into the street, for example. In such a case, speed, while not by itself causing the crash, can make it difficult to avoid a collision.

    "Contrary to what some have argued, speed is not benign," Davis says.

    http://www.its.umn.edu/Publications/Sensor/2003/Fall/Speed.html

  • Wowser Nov 19, 2010

    "Fact. You look it up. You'll find "inattention" is the leading cause of accidents. Additionally, habitual speeders tend to have less accidents than those who claim to do the speed limit all the time. Government Traffic study from several years ago." Timboduck

    You're partially correct timboduck. Distracted driving is #1 cause of auto crashes, but speeding is #4.... Not too far down the list...

  • sammyg Nov 19, 2010

    I wish they'd ticket the slowpokes in the fast lane...jeez!

  • nomorethanthat Nov 19, 2010

    149 in 2 hours. Hmmph, they could have gotten that many on the Beltway in under 1/2 hour.

  • timbo10.0 Nov 19, 2010

    "Can you back up your claims with any real research or is this just your opinion?"

    Fact. You look it up. You'll find "inattention" is the leading cause of accidents. Additionally, habitual speeders tend to have less accidents than those who claim to do the speed limit all the time. Government Traffic study from several years ago.

  • IzzMad2016 Nov 19, 2010

    "Why do they always wait until the Thanksgiving/Christmas time frame to start thinking about enforcing speeding? Shouldn't it be a year round safety effort?"

    I agree that it should be a year round effort...and I think stepped up enforcement this time of year is because there are way more cars on the road with shoppers and travelers.

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