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Cary to target aggressive drivers

Posted June 25, 2008 11:07 a.m. EDT

— Police will conduct the quarterly "Operation Patient Payoff" to crack down on aggressive driving on N.C. Highway 55 near Catlin Road Friday evening.

Uniformed officers in their assigned police cruisers, unmarked cars and motorcycles will be stationed along the highway and will use radar and laser-detection technologies to identify aggressive drivers.

“The safety and well-being of all of our citizens is of the utmost importance to the Cary Police Department. Because the N.C. 55 corridor has been the site of many property damage crashes involving cars traveling at unsafe speeds or following too closely, we’ve chosen to monitor this area to remind motorists of the need to drive at a safe speed and following distance,” Lt. Mark Parker said in a statement.

In March, police issued 14 citations for speeding on N.C. 55. Last September, another 29 citations for speeding and other offenses were issued on the highway.

To further decrease the number of aggressive drivers, Cary has established a “Road Watch” hotline at 919-319-4521 for people to report aggressive driving. If numerous complaints are received for a particular area, police said they would increase visibility on the street through patrols, radar trailers and speed sentries that display speeds to oncoming drivers.