Cops target aggressive drivers

July 4, 2011 10:22:09 AM PDT
A pair of fiery fatal crashes on Triangle interstates last week shows just how severe accidents on major highways can be.

Across the state, law enforcement agencies are trying to make the Fourth of July as safe as possible for travelers. Many have stepped up traffic patrols looking for unsafe and aggressive drivers.

Many motorists who spoke with ABC11 this weekend echoed similar complaints.

"Some people lately have been driving fast. You can't get over when you want to get over," offered Ciera Manuel of Raleigh.

"If everyone slowed down and took their time, we'd all get where we're going on time," said Mary Lancaster of Raleigh.

State troopers say they're depending on all drivers to help make roads safe.

"If you are going to be out there, slow your speed down, look for those DWI drivers, those careless and reckless drivers, tailgaters. Those are the type of things we're looking for the public to be the eyes for us, because we can't be everywhere all the time," said Sgt. Jeff Gordon with NC State Highway Patrol.

And it's not just the Highway Patrol. In Wake County, police have already issued at least 80 charges for drunk and unsafe driving.

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