NC Highway Patrol clarify speeding crackdown

- Many know about a major law enforcement blitz happening across North Carolina where state troopers are increasing their efforts to target speeders over the Easter holiday. 

But just how much is too much when it comes to pushing the speed limit? 

Lots of drivers FOX 46 spoke with said they've heard that state troopers are going to be pulling people over if they go just one mile over the speed limit, but that's not necessarily the case. 

The highways are already crowded this holiday weekend, and many can expect to see plenty of law enforcement officers on the roads. But will they write you a ticket for going just one mile over the speed limit? 

"I think it's bullcrap. I think it's another way to get more tax dollars off of us."

But a campaign called, "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine," might not be as literal as it sounds. The confusion began where the Governor's Highway Safety Program, which is under the Department of Transportation, sent out a news release earlier this week about a speeding crackdown.

They described that enforcement blitz in a way that made some people think there are no buffer zones, and anything, even just slightly above the speed limit, will get you a ticket. 

Within the release it said this: 

"The "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" campaign zeros in on drivers traveling over the posted speed limit. Many Americans believe they won’t be ticketed if they drive within a “buffer zone” above the posted speed limit. Law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers at all times. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine - the posted speed limit IS THE LAW."

A Highway Patrol Spokesperson told FOX 46 they're looking for 'clear cut, substantial violations'.

"As lawyers, we typically see that there are not many people who get ticketed for doing less than 10 miles over the speed limit."

Attorney Corey Rosensteel said even if you got a ticket for a mile of two over the speed limit - it wouldn't likely stick. 

"You have to have an officer who got up on the stand and issued an opinion that you were exceeding the limit by one mile per hour, according to his estimation. Which would be a difficult thing for an officer to do and have a judge believe that he was able to estimate your speed within one mile of an hour."

One driver said she's glad troopers are out in full force. 

"I think it's a good thing. I think people are going to be pushing limits, trying to see what they can get away with, but just for safety, me having two young boys, I don't want somebody speeding and causing me to be in a wreck." 

Folks can expect to see troopers target speeders for the next week. The enforcement campaign runs through next Sunday, April 3.


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