CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - CMPD pulled over 42 drivers during morning rush hour Monday for what they're calling "interstate surfing". The citation cost drivers approximately $200 dollars.
It's tempting. If you're running late and I-77NB is a parking lot, the long ramp for Arrowood Road looks like an easy way to get around the backup.
"This causes more of a backup for people who are patiently waiting on the road," said Sgt. Jesse Wood with CMPD’s transportation unit.
CMPD is cracking down on people getting off an exit just to get back on. Sgt. Wood explains why.
"There are only left and right turn lanes at that intersection. There's no lane to go straight through the intersection.”
CMPD cited the drivers for improper use of a lane. Wood says this operation and others help make Charlotte roads safer.
"We're the ones who knock on the doors and tell the families that somebody is never coming home. Once you do that a couple of times, you really start to see where your efforts can make a difference in saving lives."
CMPD posted pictures of the “interstate surfing” traffic operation. Plenty of drivers chimed in on the post.
One wrote, "This is dangerous and I appreciate their efforts.” Another, "Once again the police wasting taxpayers money.”
We asked Sgt. Wood how he would respond to the second comment.
“When we see a problem, we go out there and try to address it. We don't see a problem with seeing our officers spending a little bit of time in the mornings in this area and then they can head to other areas in the city to address separate problems."
CMPD issued 57 citations on Monday, and the operation has just begun, however, they wouldn’t tell FOX 46 when and where the next operation will be.