NC troopers issue 27,000 tickets during campaign
February 23, 2009 15:01 EST
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The state Highway Patrol says nearly 27,000 speeding tickets had been issued during a two-week period aimed at encouraging motorists to obey speed limits to avoid highway fatalities.
Officials said Monday that troopers issued 26,845 speeding citations during Operation Slowdown-Interstate Initiative's two-week period, which began on Feb. 9. About 10,000 tickets are normally issued during the same time period.
Officials say at least three troopers issued around 200 citations in Johnston County, including some where speeders were traveling more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
Officials said speed was the cause of more than 14,000 injuries sustained in more than 50,000 collisions over the last four years.