Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Law enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding this week

Law enforcement will be patrolling N.C. roads more intensely as part of Operation Crash Reduction. (Port City Daily/File)

Across the state this week, through Oct. 9, officers are enforcing “Operation Crash Reduction” to prevent and bring awareness to speed-related crashes. The program is also underway in Washington D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) regional campaign, the goal is to target unsafe driving behaviors. Officers will be elevating efforts to crack down on speeding by conducting more radar operations and installing more speed display signs in communities across North Carolina.
“We have an epidemic of high-speed crashes occurring on roads in North Carolina,” Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, said in a press release. “This is part of GHSP’s broader efforts to combat a dangerous increase in speeding through increased enforcement, public awareness and policy.”

According to NHTSA, the region experiences more fatal crashes in October than any other month. In total, 190 people died in October last year in North Carolina; 42 were speeding-related.

Across the state, nearly 300 people have been killed in speed-related crashes as of Oct. 3, equaling over a fatality a day this year. The metrics of these crashes have risen 17% increase, over a four-year from 2017 to 2021, NHTSA reported.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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