Troopers Crack Down On Speeders

Better watch your speed a little more carefully. Troopers will be hunting for speeders, starting Monday.

Operation Slow Down is underway in North Carolina. The Highway Patrol says troopers will be cracking down on speeders, and local police and sheriffs deputies will also step up their speed enforcement, for the next two weeks.

The Highway Patrol often runs speed crackdowns around holidays; Thanksgiving is next Thursday.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    the state and goverment dont really care about the citizens the only reason they give out citations is for look at all the killing that cigaretts do and they will not ban them it is all about money.
  • by Gary Location: Williamston on Nov 21, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    I have a great deal of respect for the police. It seems to me to be a thankless low paying job that puts their life in harms way. I do think they need to chill out with the petty traffic tickets though (which turn people against the police). Focus on neighborhood patrolling and dealing with the gang activities plagueing this state.
  • by Walter Location: Jacksonville on Nov 19, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    I would think it is hard to catch a speeder if he was only going the speed limit. Or if he is trying to catch someone unsuspecting with his lights off. If you think the officer is breaking the law, call it in. If he is on a call the dispatch will know and he won't get into trouble. Main thing is, doing anything above the speed limit is breaking the law.
  • by S. Fox Location: US on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    And at the same time, private penitentiary stocks heading up due to the monetary recession and an increase of arrests to increase ticket revenue (and the fallout of more doing jail time).... Sweet...
  • by good job police! Location: d on Nov 19, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    hey if youre so worried about this crackdown then just slow your cars down and drive the speed limit! i just wish theyd crackdown all the time, not just over a two week period. i bet if they stepped up the traffic patrol in greenville theyd rack up millions in tickets, people there drive like its LA. i for one am thankful for what our police do, those who arent are usually law breaking citizens who are mad they got busted!
  • by Sickened Location: Belhaven on Nov 19, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Stop your crying, Law enforcement officers are out there every day keeping you safe, most of the time for very little pay. They are allowed to stop and eat, use the bathroom, take breaks and do everything you are allowed to do (if you have a JOB). Yes there are "bad" police officers, but stastically the number is very small. They have an extensive screening process and undergo a very large amount of (on-going) training. They put up with people who "dont't see anything" at a crime scene. Domestic disputes, where the "victim" turns and assults them and many other things. Why are you worrying about this if you are not a law-breaker? Many times I have wished for more officers to pull over these fools on the highway who are speeding, driving in the wrong lanes and talking on the cell phone or putting on makeup! I think this focus on speeding is great and wish the funds to do this more often were available!
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Nov 19, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Right CD, so its ok for officer __Beeep__ to travel down my residential road at 75 mph almost daily to see his pal because he might come up on a situation that will put his life in danger? Is that your argument? If so then that means I can break the law whenever I want because crossing my road to the mailbox while this IDIOT is running 75 mph in a state vehicle may put my life at risk. Nice Logic, are you a cop? I sure hope not!
  • by police on Nov 19, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    to tim's answer yes i am a small town cop with over 20 years exp and probably wrote several 100 speeding and other tickets to the same idiots over and over again.and granted im not a da or one of those great hp officers you spoke to but i do know what im talking about, read the nc general stat GS 20-141 basic speed law and elements that support a speeding case. to someone elses question about giving another officer a ticket i have seen it done, most officers feel like they get the free pass to show no respect. officers that continously think they can speed on or off duty it will catch up to them after a while. either with a crash or someone reporting to their agency and them getting diciplined for it. and the dicipline is worse than the ticket believe me. departments due not want the liability!
  • by Cheese with that Whine? Location: NC on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    So ya'll are mad because cops speed and don't get tickets. Then go be a cop and quite this sniveling. "I gotta speeding ticket and then, sniffle, I saw a trooper speed and he didn't even give himself a ticket!" Oh boo hoo hoo. Grow up and quite crying like a little girl, puhleeeze!
  • by CD Location: Winterville on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    For those who do not understand the need for some officers to respond without lights and sirens. Officers sometime respond this way because it could tip off criminals in the act or to assist another officer because of a shortage in staff on a particular shift. Remember, these people deal with people everyday that can at any moment put them in a life or death situation.

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