CMPD crack down on drivers after spike in fatal crashes

- Starting the New Year, expect to see more people pulled over for speeding in Charlotte. The reason? Police say they're cracking down on dangerous driving to help curb the number of people killed in crashes.

This, after the number of deaths went up from 47 in 2015 to 77 this year.

Sgt. David Sloan with the major crash investigation unit says CMPD plans to target speeders on Independence Blvd., Albemarle Rd., and Harris Blvd. just to name a few roads.

"We can go out there and write 80-90 tickets in two hours for speeding violations and those are tickets for 15 and higher. That's just an idea of how fast people are traveling."

While more people died on Charlotte roads this year, fewer people lost their lives on the highways.

“In 2015 we had 22 fatalities on the interstates in Mecklenburg County. This year, we had 17 on the interstate which is a few less than last year. We're glad to hear that," said John Burgin with N.C. State Highway Patrol.

In 2015, troopers gave out nearly 13,000 tickets. This year, close to 11,000. According to highway patrol, the speeding hotspots are the northern and eastern sides of I-485 near Rocky River Rd. and Harris Blvd.

"We see speeds at 90, 100, 120 mph, speeds that are extremely dangerous. We know, if you get in a crash at that speed, you're probably not going to survive that crash."

Something to think about for the New Year before you put the pedal to the metal.

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