Your Friday traffic

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will crack down on speeders beginning on Friday as part of the week-long, statewide “No Need 2 Speed” campaign.

In the past three years, 3,632 crashes in Mecklenburg County were due to speed, police said.

The campaign follows a week-long speeding crackdown on N.C. highways by the State Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol’s annual Operation Slow Down campaign began on Monday and ends Sunday .

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.

Motorists can report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cellphones from anywhere in the state.

In other traffic news:

• Water was gushing out of a water main in the 1200 block of Woodlawn Road Friday morning. No crews had arrived by 8:30 a.m. to repair it, but the water could force a couple of lanes to be closed. Traffic, however, is light given Good Friday, when many people are off work.

• Police were investigating a wreck with injuries at Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Johnston Road Friday morning. The wreck happened at about 2:45 a.m.

• Kannapolis residents should prepare for traffic delays and road closures as the city welcomes 850 Ford Mustangs and thousands of visitors downtown on Friday evening.

At about 6 p.m., the Mustangs will leave Z-max Dragway in Concord and head to Kannapolis to break the world record for number of cars rolling in a caravan.

The cars will park around the North Carolina Research Campus “horseshoe” and along West Avenue.

To break the world record, no break is allowed in the line of cars. That means roads on the route will be closed as the caravan travels into Kannapolis.

The Mustangs will be escorted by Kannapolis police and are expected to arrive downtown around 6:30 p.m. Once the cars have parked, the roads on the route --Weddington Road, George Liles Parkway and Mooresville Road -- will reopen.

• Part of South Church Street will be closed from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday so crews can do crane work at the Mint Museum of Craft & Design.

Church Street will be closed between Levine Avenue of the Arts and West Stonewall Street.

Staff photographer Davie Hinshaw contributed.

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