The Daily Reflector
Friday, November 13, 2009
The approaching holiday season sends people hurrying to shopping centers, to parties and home to celebrate.
The State Highway Patrol is sending a message: Slow down, because we want your money.
The patrol will conduct Operation Slowdown starting Monday and running until Nov. 29. Troopers will target profitable speed-related violations and educate the motoring public on the dangers of excessive speed on motorists' wallets.
“The holidays are a busy time for travel and people want to hurry up and get to where they are spending their leave time or holiday time,” said 1st Sgt. M.A. Williams with the State Highway Patrol. However, speeding usually only saves a person 5-10 minutes during a three-hour trip. (that's not speeding... real speeding saves 30 minutes on that trip)
Speed continues to be the number one cause of collisions and fatalities across North Carolina and in Pitt County. (Suuure.... sounds like propaganda to me)
Speed-related crashes are up more than 28 percent in Pitt and Martin counties this year, Williams said. Out of the approximately 3,000 collisions that have occurred so far in those two counties, between 340-350 were caused by speed, he said. (So what about the other 2650 collisions??) Eighteen fatalities in Pitt and Martin counties were caused by speeding. (Wait a minute, didn't they just say that speed is the number one cause of collisions???... the numbers don't seem to back that up...)
During the next two weeks drivers can expect to see more revenue patrol cars on major thoroughfares throughout the county and the rest of the state.
Speeding violations extend beyond driving faster than the posted speed limit, Williams said. Weather and road conditions can make it dangerous to follow the posted speed at times, he said. (How often is there ice on the highway in NC?)
Drivers also should be aware that October and November see large numbers of animals, especially deer, alongside highways. High speeds give drivers less time to respond, he said.
The Greenville Police Department also will be focusing on revenue enhancement in the coming weeks, a department spokesman said.