Highway Patrol Starts Campaign Against Speeders
Posted February 24, 2006 2:10 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is kicking off its annual Operation Slow Down 2006 campaign to stop excessive speeders on state highways.
The program was implemented last year in an effort to reduce traffic collisions across the state. During Operation Slow Down 2005, troopers issued more than 16,000 traffic citations, mostly for speeding. At the same time, traffic fatalities investigated by the patrol dropped 6.6 percent and speed-related collisions dropped 17 percent from the previous year.
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Highway Patrol officials say that enforcement efforts will be conducted across the state at various times throughout the year. The campaign will focus on motorists exceeding the posted speed limit on interstates and major four-lane highways, and will use helicopters, motorcycles and unmarked patrol vehicles to target the most dangerous roadways in each county. They will also be looking for speeding commercial motor vehicle drivers who may be committing serious traffic violations.
Motorists may report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cellular phones from anywhere in the state.