RALEIGH – Speeding is one of the top three causes of crashes on North Carolina’s highways. In an effort to reduce speeds and make our highways safer, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program along with the state and local law enforcement kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign on Monday to cite speeders for not obeying speed limits.
N.C. SHP along with local police departments and sheriff offices across the state have stepped up patrols on North Carolina’s roads. The stepped up patrols will continue through Sunday, April 8.
While you are behind the wheel, remember these tips to get you to your destination safely:
Obey the speed limit. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in about 33 percent of crashes in North Carolina; those crashes resulted in 428 fatalities and 39,416 injuries;
Pay attention. The latest research shows that you are 23 times more likely to crash your vehicle if you text while driving. Other distractions in your vehicle may include eating and drinking, grooming, using a navigation system or adjusting your stereo;
Plan ahead before you leave home so you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there. You can visit the travel page on the NCDOT website at http://ncdot.gov/travel/ to learn about road construction, crashes, weather conditions or other incidents that may affect your travel time. Also, you can call 511, North Carolina’s toll-free travel information line, for real-time alerts and updates.
Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state. For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website.
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