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Police Radar Nets 100 Citations

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RALEIGH — April 12, 1996, 9:14 a.m. ESTDrivers may find these glorious spring days exilerating, but they had better not use them as an excuse for accelerating. Friday's glorious day found a covey of Raleigh police, in cars both marked and unmarked, on the watch for traffic violations. And their books showed they found over 100 of them in just one section of the Beltline.

Raleigh police set up an all-day radar watch on a southeast section of the Beltline, between Poole and Lake Wheeler Roads. The operation ran from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Approximately 70 drivers received citations for speeding, some of the drivers clocking more than 70 miles an hour.

Other drivers were found with no driver's license, or expired licenses. Another person was cited for carrying a concealed weapon, another for drugs or drug paraphernalia. Four people were found not wearing seat belts.

As the motorists caught onto the radar set-up, some were flashing their headlights to warn approaching drivers of what was ahead of them.

Lt. M.E. Matthews said when he saw some people flashing their headlights, he was tempted to stop the car "and ask if they were having trouble with their electrical system.

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