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Troopers enforcing 'Operation Slow Down'

Posted May 30, 2010 4:35 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting its "Operation Slow Down-Interstate Initiative" to ticket speeders on interstates during the Memorial Day weekend.

“Memorial Day is the beginning of a busy travel season across the state,” Colonel Randy Glover, state Highway Patrol commander, said in a statement. “We are asking all motorists to buckle up and be extremely careful when traveling to their various destinations. I have instructed our troopers to aggressively crack down on motorists who are speeding and driving recklessly.”

Stepped-up enforcement and patrols will be carried out across the state through the holiday weekend, focusing on motorists speeding on interstates and major four-lane highways.

The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside to honor fallen men and women from the Armed Forces, officially began at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.

As of Sunday afternoon, seven people had died in wrecks on roads in the WRAL viewing area since Friday evening. Last year, 12 motorists died and 385 were injured in traffic collisions investigated by the Highway Patrol over the Memorial Day holiday.

Dangerous driving can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on cell phones from anywhere in the state. For more information on Operation Slow Down, visit the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Web site.