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North Carolina Highway Patrol Initiates Operation Slow-Down Campaign

Posted on Apr 11, 2007
The North Carolina (NC) Highway Patrol was kicking off a week-long “Operation Slow-Down Campaign” in which state troopers, particularly over the Easter holiday weekend, started using a new type of radar detection called light detection and ranging (LIDAR) which uses a laser beam rather than radio waves to nab speeders so troopers can train the device on one vehicle particularly. Per a news article, Sargent W. A. Craneof the NC Highway Patrol was on top of an overpass and was training his new device on several motorists below, for reporters and explaining how it works. Sometimes he said motorists would actually wave at him, but sometimes people were being friendly or some were guilty of speeding. The North Carolina highway patrol has used the device in Roanoke Rapids and Sgt. Crane, who is certified in use of LIDAR, said he never received any obscene gestures from motorists. Sgt. Crane would work in association with other North Carolina troopers who were on a shoulder and NC state troopers in their vehicles would take off after the targeted vehicle. Sgt. Futrell, also of the state highway patrol, says “It’s a great tool. It’s very vehicle specific. We know which vehicle we are clocking.” The LIDAR is one more reason that motorists need to be careful on North Carolina highways, set the cruise-control, and save lives to avoid personal injuries and deaths in Roanoke Rapids and any other areas of North Carolina. Excessive speed is one of the main causes of NC car crashes and deaths.
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