Got a lead foot? Better watch out for the next few weeks

Top Speed is coming closerGov. Bev Perdue announced today that the N.C. State Highway Patrol and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are kicking off Operation Slow Down/No Need 2 Speed to catch speeders on North Carolina’s highways. Local law enforcement agencies will join troopers from now through April 12 to encourage drivers to slow down and follow the speed limit.
“North Carolina law enforcement will be going after speeders who recklessly endanger our citizens,” said Perdue. “Speed is the leading cause of crashes on our highways. I urge motorists to slow down and obey the speed limit. ”
Last year 1,405 people were killed in traffic crashes on North Carolina highways; speed was the leading cause of those crashes. Stepped-up enforcement will be conducted across the state, focusing on motorists speeding.
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 2009, visit the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Web site at www.nccrimecontrol.org/shp. For more information on No Need 2 Speed, go to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program Web site at http://www.ncdot.org/programs/GHSP/.

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