Common Myths About Speeding Dispelled By Highway Patrol

Our Road Rover Series, where Tom Skinner heads out with a radar gun to track speeders in problem areas has raised a lot of questions about speeding and how motorists get caught for speeding. A North Carolina Highway Patrol veteran helps dispel some common myths:

Sergeant William Crane is a 13-year veteran with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He says excessive speed and speeding is the major cause of collisions and more motorists are travel ling faster.

"we're noticing a lot of high rate of speed.. 10 years ago, you'd think of 80 as a high rate of speed but now you see cars going over 100 miles per hour and the trend change and the faster they go, the more severe the collision and injuries will be."

Sergeant Crane says, the radar, Lidar, Vascar and other speed measuring devices are extremely accurate when used properly and are essential tools for troopers.

That results in many speeders getting tickets. Sergeant Crane says there's no quota for speeding tickets.

Another myth...Crane says it's not the color of the car that attracts attention from law enforcement, but speed.

Another myth, radar detectors keep you from getting a speeding ticket. Crane says the technology used by troopers is better than current radar technology. He says it's better to save your money and don't speed.

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