KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) The Kinston Police Department will be participating in a traffic enforcement project during the next few weeks.
This enforcement project will focus on Hill Farm Road and Smithfield Way in Kinston.
KPD says, in 2019, The Kinston Police Department responded 34 vehicle crashes on Hill Farm Road and more than $160,000 in damages and 26 injuries were reported from those crashes.
The Kinston Police Department will be focusing on vehicle speed, stop sign violations, and unsafe movement violations on Hill Farm Road.
The purpose of this effort is to increase traffic safety awareness, reduce the number of vehicle crashes, property damage, and injury.
Kinston police are also working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation on potential changes to make these roads safer.
“The goal of traffic enforcement isn’t to write more tickets. The goal of traffic enforcement is compliance. You can’t ticket a problem away but you can do is spread the information and let the public know that this is an area of concern it’s becoming a bit of a danger and we need the public’s help in making it a safer community,” says Tim Dilday, the police chief for the city of Kinston.
Chief Dilday wants to remind people that distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents.
They say it’s important to put your phone away and pay attention to the road.