The State Highway Patrol on Monday will begin its annual Operation Slow Down campaign to catch speeders on highways. The campaign ends April 20.
Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and across the country, according to the State Highway Patrol.
Last year, troopers investigated 815 fatal collisions on highways statewide. Of those, 208 deaths were attributed to speed. In 2012, 242 deaths were reported.
During Operation Slow Down 2013, troopers issued 19,581 citations for numerous traffic violations, including 8,634 for speeding.
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Troopers will be in marked and unmarked patrol cars to target the most dangerous roadways in each county. They will also look for speeding commercial vehicle drivers also committing other serious traffic violations, such as following too closely, improper or erratic lane change, and careless and reckless driving.
Motorists can report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cellphones from anywhere in the state.