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North Carolina creating team to catch speeders


Look out, drivers. North Carolina Highway Patrol is forming a team of officers to catch speeders.

The team of troopers will focus on speeding and reckless driving on I-485. Troopers will use various tactics to catch speeders, including troopers on bridges using radar.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the enforcement blitz begins July 20. The troopers will focus on “non-rush hours.” The blitz begins just after Operation Safe Driver ends.

Operation Safe Driver runs July 12 through July 18.

For the second year in a row, the emphasis will be on speeding.

During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, commercial vehicle drivers were issued 1,454 citations and 2,126 warnings for speeding.

The CVSA explained that a “severe spike in speeding” during the COVID-19 emergency led them to choose this year’s area of emphasis.

As the number of vehicles on roadways decreased in March and April, average speeds measured during the first week of April increased significantly in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas. According to recent data, the average speed on interstate highways, state highways and expressways in those areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February,” the CVSA said.


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