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Raleigh Police Step Up Patrol In Part Of Downtown

Posted July 12, 2006 6:53 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have increased traffic patrol in part of Downtown Raleigh.

Construction along South McDowell Street and new traffic patterns on Hargett Street are part of the reason Raleigh police have stepped up patrol on South McDowell Street.

"It all goes back to the purpose for traffic enforcement and that's traffic safety," said Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue. "There are a high number of tickets written in that particular area because there's a lot of speeding that takes place in that area."

In 2005, police issued 842 citations in the area. Already this year, they have issued 752.

"Nothing would make us happier than for the speeding problem in that location or other locations to go away because what we really want to achieve is compliance with the speed limits for everyone's safety, Sughrue said.