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‘Operation Slow Down’ wraps for Highway Patrol

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's Highway Patrol issued over 13,000 speeding tickets during their latest campaign.

‘Operation Slow Down' ran from March 25th to the 31st as state troopers focused on reducing speed related crashes on the highways. The Highway Patrol says that speed remains the leading cause of fatal accidents in the state. In the 1,801 fatal accidents troopers investigated last year, 245 deaths were attributed to speed.

In total over 26,000 traffic citations were issued with 13,667 of those being speed related. Below is the full breakdown of charges.

Violation:                                           Number of Statewide Charges

Speeding                                             13,667

DWI                                                    685

Careless and Reckless Driving                555

Seatbelt                                               2335

Child Restraint                                      534

Improper Passing                                   121

Left of Center                                       238

Driver's License Violations                     2105

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