NC Highway Patrol cracking down on speeding on the Interstates

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – Beginning Monday, the North Carolina Highway Patrol will conduct Operation Slow Down-Interstate Initiative to ticket speeders on North Carolina's interstates, Secretary Reuben Young, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and Col. Randy Glover, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, announced.

Troopers will conduct the operation through April 4 to encourage drivers to slow down and follow the speed limit.

"The purpose of the operation is to reduce speed related collisions on North Carolina Interstates," Young said. "During the past four years, 331 motorists have been killed and 13,916 injured in 50,206 collisions on our interstates; speed is the leading cause of those collisions."

Stepped-up enforcement and patrols will be conducted across the state, focusing on motorists speeding on interstates and major four-lane highways.

"Troopers are determined to reduce fatal collisions in North Carolina by going after speeders who recklessly endanger our citizens," said Glover. "Speeding is the leading causes of traffic deaths and collisions in our state. Operation Slow Down will help in our efforts to reverse that trend."

Dangerous driving can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on cellular phones from anywhere in the state. For more information about Operation Slow Down, visit the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's website at www.nccrimecontrol.org/shp.

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