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Cary Police Plan Crackdown on Speeders

Posted December 18, 2007 2:52 p.m. EST

— Police said they plan to crack down on speeders along U.S. Highway 1 on Wednesday.

During “Operation Patient Payoff,” officers will patrol on U.S. 1 near Walnut Street from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Officers in marked and unmarked cars and on motorcycles also will cite drivers for tailgating and lane-change violations, police said.

“Because U.S. 1 has been the site of many crashes during the last six months as well as many other property damage crashes involving cars that are following too close, we chose this corridor to help remind motorists of the need to drive at a safe speed and following distance,” Lt. Mark Parker said in a statement.

Similar operations along U.S. 1 in March and June led to 136 citations for speeding and other offenses, police said.

Cary also has established a “Road Watch” hotline at 919-319-4521 for motorists to report aggressive driving. If numerous complaints are received for one particular area, the police department increases its visibility on the street through patrols and devices that display speeds to oncoming drivers.