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Speeding a Problem for Durham, Wake Forest

Posted August 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Speeding creates hazards on roads everywhere, but people in Wake Forest want to put the brakes on fast drivers on U.S. 1.

State troopers already patrol the short stretch that passes through the town, but accidents and the high volume of traffic keep them too busy to catch all the speeders. Wake Forest commissioners say local police should play a bigger role in catching speeders.

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners never actually voted to take any action, but did tell the police chief they want increased patrols along the highway. Wake Forest police do have jurisdiction up to a mile outside the city limits, but don't routinely patrol the U.S. 1 area.

And even a series of deadly accidents haven't been enough to stop speeders on Interstate 85. Three people died in a pile-up in Durham last week.

Police there say speeding in the construction zone hasn't slowed. They issued 19 tickets Sunday night alone to drivers going more than 15 miles an hour over the limit.