The Highway Patrol ended its Operation Slow Down campaign on Sunday, March 31. The campaign which began on Monday, March 25, was focused on reducing speed related collisions on North Carolina highways. The campaign was conducted in combination with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program No Need to Speed campaign.
Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina as well as across the country. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 1,801 fatal collisions on North Carolina. Of those, 245 deaths were contributed to speed, compared to 244 deaths in 2011.
During the week long campaign, troopers issued over 26,153 citations for numerous traffic violations to include 13,667 speed-related charges. Despite the end of the campaign, troopers will continue to aggressively enforce the speed limits on North Carolina highways. “Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of the motoring public,” said Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
A breakdown of the most notable violations is provided below:
Violation: Number of Statewide Charges
Careless and Reckless Driving: 555
Child Restraint: 534
Improper Passing 121
Left of Center: 238
Driver’s License Violations: 2105