The State Highway Patrol has completed its Operation Slow Down Initiative that began on March 28 and ended on April 3. The purpose of the operation was to reduce speed related collisions on North Carolina Interstates. Last year 1,110 motorists died on North Carolina highways. Of those, 279 deaths were attributed to speed.
During the week long initiative, troopers stepped-up enforcement and patrols across the state, focusing on motorists speeding on interstates and major four-lane highways.
“Our Troopers are determined to reduce fatal collisions by going after speeders who recklessly endanger our citizens,” said Col. Gilchrist. “Speeding is the leading causes of traffic deaths and collisions in our state. Operation Slow Down will help in our efforts to reverse that trend.”
During the five day initiative, troopers issued more than 17,000 citations. A break down of several violations are noted below:
463 - DWI
60 - Drug Violations
333 - Reckless Driving
7,697 - Speeding Violations
1,951 - Seatbelt Violations
260 - Child Restraint Violations
80 - Improper Passing Violations
205 - Stop Sign Violations
1,370 - Equipment Violations
186 - Left of Center Violations
2,262 - Drivers License Violations
2,513 - Registration Violations
25 - Littering Violations
Troopers will continue to aggressively enforce and deter careless and reckless driving behaviors. Dangerous driving can be reported to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on cellular phones.