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'Operation Patient Payoff' Targets Aggressive Cary Drivers

Posted March 28, 2007 4:38 p.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2007 6:30 a.m. EDT

— In an effort to keep drivers safer, Cary police have kicked off its quarterly aggressive driving campaign, entitled Operation Patient Payoff.

The town is targeting aggressive drivers on U.S. Highway 1 from Walnut Street. to U.S. Highway 64 and Tryon Road. On Wednesday, law enforcement officers handed out 56 tickets.

As part of the campaign, police are reminding motorists to allow three seconds to pass between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Officers will also monitor motorists along the corridor to detect speeding, tailgating and lane change violations.

“This operation is really about saving lives and protecting property through awareness and enforcement,” said Lt. Mark Parker.

Parker said 40 percent of all crashes in the town are caused by drivers following too closely.

To further help decrease the number of aggressive drivers, Cary leaders have set up a Road Watch hotline for motorists to report aggressive driving at (919) 319-4521. If numerous complaints are received for one particular area, police respond by increasing visibility on the street through patrols, radar trailers and speed sentries that display speeds to oncoming drivers.