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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  • by Anonymous Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 2, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    highway patrol is the best thing since sliced bread
  • by Perry Location: Jacksonville on Nov 19, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    He should pay the full price for his crime. Leave him jail.
  • by Driver Location: New Bern on Nov 17, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    Difference in speed is what kills. Highways are far safer when traffic is traveling the same speed. People drive at what feels safe, reguardless of the speed limit posted. NCHP knows this, that's why they work most on the 4 lane highways in unmarked cars. They should all be in marked cars. Law enforcement seen is much more effective. And they should be on the roads with the highest accident rates. Not where it's easiest to write speeding tickets. How long do you think a Highway Patrolman would have his job if they didn't write speeding tickets?
  • by rain Location: greenville,nc on Nov 17, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    I think everyone has myths about "they aren't making their quota".If you speed you'll get stopped and I've never gotten out of a ticket unlucky me.Drunk drivers should never hold another drivers liscense again instead they get them back only to kill again or maybe the next time kill a family of four.That's not the HWYPD doing its the courts that let them go.I've gotten my share of tickets for speeding in my younger days but each one was well deserved and well over the speed limit (probably b/c I was raised around racing)I've learned to slow down considerably b/c insurance is so much higher with those pesky points.Do not drink and drive call a cab/friend/etc.Maybe the HWPD dept should get a grant to pick up people that have no other way to get home when they are drunk its better to give someone a cheap cab fare home than to have to notify next of kin.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Greenville on Nov 16, 2007 at 09:31 PM
    NCSHP Troopers don't win a set of steak knives or toaster for the amount of tickets they write? I am appalled! I have figured out a way for us civilians to keep "those nasty old Troopers" off our tail: Don't speed, don't drive drunk, wear your seatbelt, restrain your children and obey the traffic laws of the State of NC. Real simple. I can't think of one Trooper who will enjoy pulling mangled bodies out of a motor vehicle crash this holiday season. If you choose to disobey the law, please don't insult the intelligence of the officer by saying, "Why aren't you out looking for REAL criminals". If you are stopped and cited, you are a potential criminal. To avoid receiving an invitation to appear in court, please obey the law. Believe it or not, those "mean old troopers" have nightmares about the fatalities they investigate. Why? Because they are human beings. Let's take care of ourselves and each other this holiday season. God bless all law enforcement officers.
  • by GREG Location: ROPER on Nov 16, 2007 at 07:31 PM
    THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO IN KEEPING US SAFE ON THE HIGHWAY. GOD SPEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
  • by Edward Location: Herterd NC on Nov 16, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    I think you are doing a fine job
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