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Speeding a Problem for Durham, Wake Forest

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WAKE FOREST — Speeding creates hazards on roadseverywhere, but people in Wake Forest want to put the brakes on fast driverson U.S. 1.

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

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners never actually voted to takeany action, but did tell the police chief they want increased patrols alongthe highway. Wake Forest police do have jurisdiction up to a mile outsidethe 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 speederson Interstate 85. Three people died in a pile-up in Durham last week.

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