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Law enforcement focuses on "No Need 2 Speed" campaign

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If you're driving this weekend, pay extra close attention to your speed.

Law enforcement officers statewide are wrapping up their "No Need 2 Speed" campaign. The campaign started Monday and runs through Easter Sunday.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, speeding is one of the main causes of crashes and fatalities on North Carolina roads.

In 2012, speeding was a factor in 399 deaths.

"We are all busy and we all have places to be," said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. "That extra couple of minutes you might save isn't worth your life or the life of a loved one -- slow down and obey the speed limit."

And as our Brian Stephenson found out, they are serious about getting people to slow down. Troopers have been working all week to slow down speeders in Union County.

A stretch of highway 74 east of Marshville is known as a place where people drive too fast.

Trooper Kirk Marino sees what speeding can lead to. "We have a lot of crashes. Especially on highway 74 and 601". Crashes that often involve speeding or simply failing to slow down.

 It's why they are hoping their efforts this week will get people's attention.

"We also educate the public too. Why we are out here. To slow people down and to make sure they have a safe drive".

Tucked away on this used car lot, troopers were difficult spot…until they started writing tickets.

"When they see a bunch of Trooper cars all lines up in a row with cars pulled over, people tend to slow down a little bit."

 "Today I've notice some on 485 and 85". Tommy Bivens saw a lot of blue lights around the area, before he stopped by this Marshville pawn shop. He and shop owner Jimmy Capps see people driving too fast all the time. But they also know the troopers and police work hard to enforce the 55mph speed limit. "You definitely need to run the speed limit through here. Especially coming into Marshville".

 And if that message gets through to drivers, then Trooper Marino and his co-workers mission will be accomplished.

"You are still get to work or to the store, we just make sure you get there safely"

Officers will focus their efforts on all roads, including interstates, major highways, rural two-lane roads and city streets across the state. During the "No Need 2 Speed" campaign in April 2012, state and local law enforcement agencies cited 13,435 motorists for speeding.

Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state.  For more information on "No Need 2 Speed," visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website.

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