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North Carolina Dealing with Welcome Problem

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"Stop Sticks' can stop vehicles involved in high-speed chases.
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Attorney General's officehad a nice problem: how to spend a $150,000 collected in a lawsuit againsta telephone solicitor.

They finally decided to spend it on 500 stop sticks. The triangulartubes contain spikes that will puncture a car's tires.The sticks are placed on roadways in front of vehicles involved inhigh-speed chases. Officials hope the devices will cut down onsuch chases and save lives, especially those lives of innocentbystanders.

Attorney General Mike Easley says the money will be well spent.

The stop sticks will bring a speeding car to a halt in three seconds.Right now there are about 100 of them in use in the state.

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