North Carolina State Highway Patrol Issues More Than 50,000 Traffic Violation Citations During Operation Slow Down
Troopers in North Carolina issued over 50,000 traffic violation tickets during the November Operation Slow Down/No Need 2 Speed program, which is designed to apprehend drivers speeding on highways in North Carolina. From November 13 until November 25, 2007, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and local troopers worked together to apprehend anyone driving over the speed limit.
Speeding is considered a major cause of motor vehicle accidents. Last year, 554 people in North Carolina died in a motor vehicle accident where speeding was a factor. The NHTSA says that 13,713 people died in the United States in 2002 because of accidents involving speeding.
North Carolina’s Highway Patrol says that of the 51,198 citations that it issued, 24,274 of them were for speeding violations. 954 violations involved DWI (driving while impaired).
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a car accident, truck collision, bus accident, pedestrian accident, or motorcycle crash because another driver on the road was speeding, you should contact an experienced South Carolina or North Carolina motor vehicle accident lawyer right away.
Perils of Speeding
Speeding can make it hard for a driver to stop their motor vehicle suddenly and safely. It also decreases a driver’s ability to steer around objects on the street or go around curving roads safely. A driver who is intent on speeding may end up changing lanes unnecessarily in order to keep up the pace. Many deadly car crashes happen because a driver was speeding.
Safedrivingtest.com offers a number of survival strategies that doesn’t involve speeding:
• Drive the speed limit.
• Don’t let the car behind you pressure you to speed.
• Slow down even below the speed limit in rainy, icy or snowy weather or on a road that is under construction.
• Don’t tailgate.
• Generally keep pace with the flow of traffic.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says that it plans to continue keeping a vigilant watch for anyone speeding on the roads.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, 20 peopled were killed on North Carolina’s highways. Although the causes of all the accidents have not yet been determined, officials expect that speeding, not paying proper attention to the roads, carelessness, drunk driving, and not wearing seatbelts will arise as some of the reasons for the deadly crashes.
Troopers issue 50,000 tickets during statewide speeding crackdown, Charlotte.com, November 27, 2007
20 killed on N.C. highways over holiday, Charlotte.com, November 27, 2007
N.C.’s Operation Slow Down to ‘Crack Down’ on Speeders, Enhance Safety, Insurance Journal, November 13, 2007
More about Speed, Safedrivingtest.com
Related Web Resource:
Gov. Easley Announces Operation Slow Down/No Need 2 Speed, State of North Carolina Office of the Governor