NC Highway Patrol to focus on work-zone speeding

An officer checks for speeders in a work-zone

April 20, 2010 4:07:47 AM PDT
The N.C. State Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Transportation are kicking off Operation Drive Smart 2010, an annual operation to reduce traffic accidents in work zones.

The Highway Patrol will set up enforcement in nine work zones from Camden County to Buncombe County. Troopers will use motorcycles, marked vehicles and unmarked patrol vehicles to crack down on speeders. All motorists, including commercial vehicles will be subject to ticketing.

According to NCDOT, there were 2,125 work zone crashes resulting in more than 1,200 injuries in 2009. Eleven people were killed.

During Operation Drive Smart 2009, troopers issued more than 500 citations for speed violations in work zones.

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