Police crack down on speeders along Cary Parkway

March 13, 2012 2:34:57 PM PDT
Police in Cary cracked down on speeders Tuesday -- focusing on a stretch of road that has a history of problems.

The entire length of Cary Parkway got extra attention; about a month after a speeding driver killed two people.

Cary police said Tuesday's crackdown was not related to the fatal wreck. Instead, they said it is in response to complaints about other drivers going too fast.

"We're here to focus on, to answer those complaints that we get from our citizens as we do on any other street in Cary," Lt. Tracey Barker said.

Authorities monitored Cary Parkway from Harrison Avenue to Holly Springs Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

During the crackdown, police pulled over at least 30 drivers in just one hour.

Teams of officers clocked traffic first, radioed ahead to police who followed, then flagged down and ticketed drivers for traveling too fast.

One Cary driver welcomed the extra attention.

"I saw it on the news this morning, so I've been telling everybody to keep their speed down, but we should anyway," crackdown supporter Pam Endress said.

However, another driver -- who learned that lesson the hard way after being cited Tuesday morning -- said she was just following the flow of traffic when she was pulled over.

Not a good excuse said Lt. Barker.

"One of the radars we use is a LIDAR, which is a laser radar that allows us to pick out particular vehicles that are speeding," she said.

The Town issued more than 200 speeding citations last year on, or not far from Cary Parkway.

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