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Thousands cited in speeding crackdown

Posted April 15, 2009 9:43 a.m. EDT

— State troopers and law enforcement officers from across North Carolina ticketed more than 38,000 drivers for speeding during a recent crackdown, authorities said Wednesday.

Operation Slow Down targeted people driving too fast on highways statewide between March 30 and Sunday. The Highway Patrol issued 18,557 speeding tickets, while other officers issued 19,475 tickets, authorities said.

Excessive speed is the leading cause of highway crashes in North Carolina, authorities said. Last year, 1,405 people were killed in wrecks on state highways.