Highway Patrol warns speeders that crackdown is coming on major highways

From staff reportsApril 11, 2014 

— Drivers who speed on major highways will have an improved chance of getting tickets for their troubles during the State Highway Patrol's annual "Operation Slow Down" April 14-20.

The program will operate on interstates and major four-lane roads and will focus on the roads that statistics show are the most dangerous for crashes in each county.

The Highway Patrol investigated a little more than two fatal crashes every day in 2013, which does not include accidents that happened inside municipal boundaries.

Troopers also will be watching for trucks that speed and commit other offenses like following other vehicles to closely or drive what troopers deem to be carelessly or erratically, they said.

The 2013 version of the campaign to slow traffic for safety saw troopers writing 19,851 tickets, of which 8,634 were for speeding, the agency said in its announcement.

“Our No. 1 priority is to ensure the safety of the motoring public,” Col. William Grey, the SHP commander said.

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