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Law enforcement officers will be patrolling roads in North Carolina to stop speeders as part of the "Speeding Wrecks Lives," initiative
Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Transportation

Speeding Prevention Initiative Underway In Region, State

Law enforcement officers throughout the Hickory Metro and across North Carolina are patrolling the roads through Sunday (July 24) to make sure motorists obey speed limits as part of the “Speeding Wrecks Lives” campaign, a national initiative in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program says Speeding-related crashes are at all-time high levels across the country, including North Carolina, and one proven way to prevent speeding is an increased law enforcement presence on the roads.

​​​​​​​​According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, speeding is a major cause of injuries and deaths on North Carolina roadways. Last year, 424 people died statewide in speeding-related crashes. Moreover, speed was a contributing factor in nearly a quarter of all fatal crashes in 2021. Males under 39 account for nearly half of all speeding-related crashes.

The news release reminds drivers to be safe, they should always avoid speeding. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to negotiate curves, makes it more difficult to stop a vehicle and increases the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and people might not be able to judge distance correctly.

[News release from North Carolina Department of Transportation]