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More Than 50,000 Charges Issued in Operation Slow Down

Posted November 27, 2007 10:51 a.m. EST
Updated November 27, 2007 11:53 a.m. EST

— More than 50,000 motorists were ticketed during a weeklong, statewide crackdown on speeders by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers issued 51,198 charges during what they called Operation Slow Down. Of those citations, 24, 274 were for speeding and 954 were for driving while impaired, or DWI.

The leading cause of traffic fatalities and accidents is speed.

Spokesman Lieutenant Everett Clendenin says the Highway Patrol plans to continue the campaign using helicopters, motorcycles and unmarked patrol cars.