Law Enforcement Conducting Speed Enforcement Campaign July 18-24

Speeding Wrecks Lives” will take place during busy summer travel season

Law enforcement will be patrolling N.C. roads for speeding vehicles from July 18-24 as part of the “Speeding Wrecks Lives,” initiative.

Law enforcement throughout North Carolina will be patrolling the roads July 18-24 to make sure motorists obey speed limits as part of the “Speeding Wrecks Lives” campaign, a national initiative in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Speeding-related crashes are at all-time high levels across the country, including North Carolina, and one proven way to prevent speeding is an increased law enforcement presence on the roads,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Campaigns like these are key pieces to decreasing crashes, even as we work on more long-term solutions such as safe road design, safer cars and quality driver education.”

Speeding is a major cause of injuries and deaths on North Carolina roadways. Last year, 424 people died statewide in speeding-related crashes. Moreover, speed was a contributing factor in nearly a quarter of all fatal crashes in 2021. Males under 39 account for nearly half of all speeding-related crashes.

To be safe, drivers should always avoid speeding. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to negotiate curves, makes it more difficult to stop a vehicle and increases the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and people might not be able to judge distance correctly.

View more statistics on speeding in NC here.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Must be below on their projections so they had their PR team come up with this bulls**t so they can take more money.

  2. Pretty sure that distracted driving (not speed) is the #1 cause for auto accidents in the US (at least according to the CDC and the US DOT, if anyone cares about actual facts). But then again, there’s more of a financial incentive for law enforcement to catch speeders.

    • Pretty sure the article says “a major cause” not “#1 cause” (at least according to my eyes, if anyone cares about actual facts). But then again, there’s more of a comment incentive for Tell the truth to try and spin something as harmless as this article into something as thinking law enforcement financially benefit from speeding tickets in NC.

      • there is no doubt they benefit financially for the state and themselves. if you can afford to travel on holidays, you can afford a ticket…. stop taking up for them and the people they represent. they do a very poor job unless it involves the use of force.

      • @John:

        While 11,200 due to speeding, over 420,000 (more than 37x more) due to distracted drivers. I guess your definition of “major” is different than mine.

        If you really don’t think that speeding tickets (which, on average, account for more than 29% of revenue for municipalities) income, then you’re not really paying attention. But feel free to continue to think that there’s financial incentive.

    • Yes, that’s my experience, the major exceptions being DWI and high-speed pursuits. Eliminate those and I wonder how many are left. Speed enforcement activities like suddenly entering a roadway and pursuing can also cause hazards and have caused accidents.

      I see people rolling through red lights with their face in their phone regularly. If I wasn’t watching for it, I would be a victim repeatedly. Enforcing driver attention would be more work, require watching dense traffic instead of wide open highways and would be very unpopular, while speeders can easily be demonized and caught from ambush.

      Disclaimer: I do not get speeding tickets, nor have I ever been involved in any accident involving injury or death. I pay attention at all times.

      Here are some areas in JoCo that usually get heavy speed enforcement during campaigns:
      I-95: anywhere in the county, especially near Neuse river bridge and within a few miles of I-40 interchange.
      US 70 (Selma/Bypass): Entire Flyover. Buffalo Rd to Wilson Mills Rd. Bypass, NC42 to I-40.
      US 70 (Smithfield/Clayton): Rose Manor to Swift Creek Rd. Grifols to county line past Clayton Walmart.
      I-40: Anywhere in county, especially Clayton Bypass to I-95.

      Be careful out there. Do your civic duty and don’t feed the bears.

  3. “In the United States, over 3,100 people were killed and about 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019. About 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 were not in vehicles―they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.” Source: https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/distracted_driving/index.html

    “Almost 390,000 injuries transpire every year from crashes instigated by texting while driving. One out of every 4 car crashes in the United States is due to texting while driving. Texting while driving statistics reveal that this habit increases the likelihood of an accident almost 6 times more than drunk driving.” Source: https://policyadvice.net/insurance/insights/distracted-driving-statistics/

    “In 2020, speeding killed 11,258 people.” Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding

        • The story implies that speeding is a main/major/primary reason for automobile deaths, and that enforcing speeding limits will save lives. The facts show that this is simply not true. Speeding is the primary cause of a tiny fraction of the automobile deaths. Once again, the government is trying to fool us into thinking it is working in our best interest — the same way that the TSA makes us all feel safer by taking our shoes off at the airport.

          If the government *REALLY* cared about making driving safer, there are REAL things that it could do: require breath ignition locks, force all manufacturers to have integrated child car seats, require drivers to have annual driving tests, have phones geo-locked so you can’t text and drive, etc.

  4. Ever drive around Richmond using I-295?

    There is a one-mile section that is technically inside the Hopewell, VA city limits. The city assigns two of its patrol cars along that one-mile stretch on an almost 24x7x365 basis. The speed limit is 70 mph. The Hopewell, VA police will ticket you doing anything over 70 mph.

    There are about 1,000 speeding tickets issued per month along that one-mile stretch.

    The revenue generated for the city of Hopewell, VA from those speeding tickets is estimated to be $2M per year.

    Just a heads up …

    • Yes, that road has been heavily enforced since they opened it years ago. You could make better time through downtown, a much more curvy, narrow and dangerous stretch of road with a lower speed limit. How many lives does that save?

    • That section sucks! I’ve been caught there! I’ve also been rear ended 2x in just under 4 years by distracted drivers. The last time it totaled my car. Both times I got whiplash. They need to crack down on that.

    • I haven’t been on that specific stretch, but I had a time and half going from Selma to Chesapeake for a service call. As soon as I crossed into VA, cops everywhere. Made an already long drive even longer. I don’t hate cops outright, but I agree with most everyone that speed trapping doesn’t solve the actual issue around here.

  5. To the mental heavyweights that believe they are only doing this to collect more money:

    Obey the law and they won’t bother you. Otherwise, you play you pay.

    I surely hope that Smithfield PD will participate in this campaign.

  6. How dare they enforce the law, who do they think they are?
    Obviously it’s a money grab and they’re trying to be sneaky and trap as many of us as they can.
    That’s why the announced it in the F***ING paper.jamiew111

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