Highway Patrol Ready To Step On The Gas In Operation Slow Down

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a message for everyone who is in a hurry this coming holiday season. Slow down.

Operation Slow Down will begin on Monday and will run until November 29th. Troopers are looking to step up enforcement of speed-related violations as well as educate the public on the dangers of excessive speed.

Speed related crashes are the number one cause of collisions and fatalities across our state and in Pitt County. Eighteen fatalities in Pitt and Martin counties were cause by speeding.

Drivers can expect to see more patrol cars on major thoroughfares throughout their counties and statewide.

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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Nov 16, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    Anonymous, I said I tailgated other drivers where in these comments? So I'm not sure what point you were trying to make with that threat. If someone in front of me is driving significantly under the speed limit, I tend to slow down with 'em until it's safe to pass. Not a day goes by that I don't see a deer or possum or dog in the road or by the road getting ready to run out, so I won't be caught close behind someone else if they have to stop in a hurry for whatever reason.
  • by Jacob Location: greenville on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    These are misleading statistics in the article. The majority of fatalities involving motor vehicles speeding ALSO involve alcohol. It is the combination of excessive speed with delayed reactions that causes the problems.
  • by funny on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    To Tyrone, are you riding a bicycle (bike)?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 at 09:55 PM
    Nathan: Tailgate me and you won't have to worry about geeting pulled for speeding. You will be sitting right there behind me when the police arrive.
  • by Hobre on Nov 15, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    they need to slow down themselves.
  • by Lee Location: New Bern on Nov 15, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    Better patrol is needed of the highway 17South section, leading from New Bern to River Bend. Everytime I drive this way, I get tailgaters, when they speed past me way beyond 55 - looks like 65, 70, or above. It's also bad at night, when the big SUVs tailgate and blind the driver in front. I would also like increased patrolling in River Bend. There is constant speeding on Shoreline Drive and Pirates Road. Cars come racing down Shoreline likes it's a raceway - where are the police? Give these speeders real tickets, not just warnings.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Red light runners are entirely beside the point and another issue altogether. Too many times I see people running red lights, often right in front of cops. The cops never do anything about it, even if they're first in line with the green light, and the red light runner goes right in front of them. As for those worrying about tailgaters, if it's really an issue pull over and let them go on by. An advantage to this, especially if you're speeding a little yourself, is that they will rocket ahead to get far ahead of you, and if there's a cop in the next few miles with his radar gun out, he will almost certainly pinch them for speeding. A speeder who passes you works well as bait, and a little bit of insurance to go a little faster than usual (if the guy doing 75-90 isn't going to get pulled, the guy behind him doing 60-70 probably isn't, either).
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    I agree with Mike, enforcement officers should practice what they preach. It seems they are almost never obeying the speed limit. If speeding is considered dangerous, then they should have a reason to speed when they are doing so and they should have their lights on as a safety precaution. I know a few officers, and several times I've seen them speed while off-duty or otherwise heard them brag about their ability to drive however fast they want. It seems flashing a badge gives an officer a free ride when it comes to getting a speeding ticket, even when off-duty. How can other citizens be expected to obey the speed limit when they do no??
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Tail gaters are an easy fix. wash your windsheild !!!! they have to slow down and look for the wiper Button!!! has worked for me for years ( I am the Old lady in the slow lane)
  • by Tom Location: NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    I drive the speed limit or maybe just a little over. If you are in a such a big hurry leave on time and do not get on my back bumper! Life is very precious to most people. I do not need an idiot thats in a hurry for no reason trying to kill me.
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