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Speeders beware: Police stop 5 drivers outside Raleigh elementary school

Posted December 9, 2021 5:10 a.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2021 8:12 a.m. EST

— On Thursday, police in Raleigh will be cracking down harder than usual on speeders around schools.

The speeding crackdown is focused on three schools in north Raleigh -- Green Elementary, Lacy Elementary and Brentwood Elementary.

More officers will be in those areas to enforce the speed limit in school zones. By 8 a.m., officers had pulled over at least five drivers for speeding through a school zone outside Lacy Elementary on Lake Boone Trail.

Police crack down on speeders

The city is already making an effort to cut down on speeding in Raleigh. In addition to increasing police patrols, council members are slashing speed limits on more than 100 roads this year, which is triple the number changed last year, according to councilman David Knight.

On Tuesday, Raleigh City Council members approved reducing the speed limit on eight streets.

Changes will take effect on Baileycroft Drive, Banbury Road, Churchill Road, Hadley Road, Lake Dam Road, Lakepark Drive, Leapbard Street and Raleigh Pines Drive.

All roads will decrease from 35 mph to 25 mph, except Lake Dam, which is going to 30 mph.

Police say the odds of surviving being hit by a car dramatically increase as the speed limit decreases. If someone is hit by a car going 20 miles per hour there is a 90% chance of surviving, a 60% chance at 30 miles and a 20% chance at 40 miles.

A number of agencies have said reckless driving and speeding became more common during the pandemic, so they have upped enforcement.

The number of traffic citations issued by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office this fall has more than doubled from a year ago, while the Raleigh Police Department handed out 472 speeding tickets over the last month, more than three times the number issued during the same time last year.

WRAL reporter Keely Arthur contributed to this report.

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