Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Operation Slow Down Targeting Aggressive Drivers

State Trooper D.J. Hare walks back to his patrol car after stopping a car for a traffic violation on I-95 near Smithfield Monday afternoon. The Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Slow Down during the Easter holiday week. Troopers in Johnston County hit the roads in full force on Monday looking for speeders and aggressive drivers. Patrols have been increased on I-40, I-95, US70, and other major routes in Johnston County . Troopers are looking for motorists who flagrantly violate motor vehicle laws, including excessive speeding, following too closely, erratic lane changes, safe movement violations, and other forms of reckless endangerment. “Whether you’re headed to the beach, visiting friends, or going to church, please drive with care,” said Colonel W. Fletcher Clay, Highway Patrol Commander. “Our Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, drunk drivers, drivers not wearing their seatbelts, and other violators throughout the state while patrolling this Easter holiday week.” Last year in North Carolina , 13 people died and 653 were injured in 1,000 collisions during the Easter holiday period. The 2007 Easter weekend begins at 6pm Thursday and ends at midnight Sunday.


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