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“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Speeding Enforcement Campaign begins March 24 


Updated March 24, 8:15 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m. North Carolina drivers will have to watch their driving speed more than ever.

The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program, state, and local law enforcement kicks off the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Speeding Enforcement Campaign to ensure drivers travel safely obeying the posted speed limit. The enforcement blitz will go from March 24 through April 3.

“North Carolina law enforcement remains committed to keeping our highway and roads safe,” Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry says.

Depending on the direction of travel Interstate 95 South, Exit 138 or NC Highway 64 E, Exit 464B will all be Speeding Enforcement Campaign interests. These locations are near Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Four N.C. Wesleyan College students died Monday evening after the car collided with another car on U.S. 301 in front of the campus in Rocky Mount. Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

“We want to help our state and local law enforcement get out their message Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine to reduce fatalities,” Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Don Nail says.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, “law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers at all times.” This program will be enforced throughout the state. The DOT also said, “in 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 23 percent of all fatal crashes in North Carolina and 322 lives were lost in such crashes.”

About the author: Ashley Bohle

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4 Responses to “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Speeding Enforcement Campaign begins March 24

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    yesterday morning (early - going to work) I watched my speed more than normal…very few vehicles on I40. I was doing 72 in a 70 normally I go faster, because there are NO cars on the road. my drive home, was completely congested, in a relatively low traffic area. (Davie / Iredell county). Most people were trying to stay at exactly 70. Others were “being safe, going below the speed limit” I spent more time watching my speedometer than traffic. if this is not an accident waiting to happen. if accidents are caused by their stupid target, I hope the person who created this ridiculous situation is held personally responsible.

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    yesterday morning, I was doing 72 in a 70 zone. (very early morning on my way to work…) I was passed by State patrol. on my way home, traffic was congested, with anyone constantly hitting their breaks. normally drivers find their comfort zone. I spent more time watching my speedometer than the road / cars around. STUPID

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    James C. Walker

    In North Carolina (and many other states) most posted speed limits are arbitrarily set lower than the safe flow of traffic speeds to define at least 50% of the drivers as lawbreakers - and in some cases over 75% of the safe, smooth flowing traffic will be above the improperly-set limit.

    Is the North Carolina Department of Transportation saying the state police intend to stop 50% to 75% or even more of the safe flowing traffic to give tickets? Can any rational person believe this?

    If the state police attempted this insanity of stopping 50% or more of the traffic, the resulting massive multiple vehicle pile ups from the chaos at the enforcement areas would kill an enormous number of people.

    No one with the slightest knowledge of traffic safety could possibly suggest it is proper to enforce under-posted limits at 1 or 2 mph over. It would kill far too many people.

    James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association

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    North Carliona needs to give tickets to the Passenger Vehicles more then the Drivers .. I run North Carliona a lot & always seeing Cars speeding doing way faster then posted speeds . If they don’t give tickets to these type then how’s it gonna work ?

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