Super speeders in
North Carolina should be on the lookout – the Highway Patrol is watching for
As part of Operation
Slow Down 2005, the first statewide campaign to focus solely on speeding, the
patrol will use additional enforcement to crack down on speeders driving 100
mph or faster.
“The Highway Patrol is determined to reduce fatal collisions
in North Carolina, and going after speeders who recklessly endanger the public
will help us do that,” Bryan Beatty, secretary of the Department of Crime
Control and Public Safety, said in a press release.
“Excessive speeding is one of the complaints we receive most
from drivers. Operation Slow Down 2005 is an effort to reverse the trend of
increasing speeds by irresponsible drivers.”
enforcement will use helicopters, motorcycles and unmarked patrol cars, and
will also focus on commercial vehicles that are speeding.
According to data from
the state patrol, speeding citations over 100 mph have increased 175 percent
and overall speeding citations have risen 147 percent since 1999.
The crackdown began
on Monday, July 25, and will continue through Oct. 9.