Caitlin Moran
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North Carolina is Taking the Fight Against Speeding to Next Level

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80 MPH Speed Limit

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I’m not going to lie—I don’t think going one mile per hour over the speed limit is considered speeding. Yes, I know that it technically is, but I also know that the likelihood of getting pulled over only being one over isn’t that high. That is, unless I happen to be driving in North Carolina between now and April 3.

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The southern state has decided to seriously crack down on speeders. Not by nabbing those who happen to be going 5-10 mph over the speed limit—no. Instead, North Carolina’s police force will be ticketing drivers for breaking the speed limit by as little as one mile per hour over the posted limit for the next week and a half.

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This move towards ticketing more speeders is part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” initiative, which is meant to remind drivers in the state that speed limits aren’t suggestions—they’re the law.

I mean, the Department of Transportation even goes as far as using caps lock in its statement regarding the program. It state,s “When it comes to speed: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine—the posted speed limit IS THE LAW.”

Obviously, they mean business.

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This isn’t the first time the state’s DOT has taken minor speed infractions seriously. This program also ran from March 30th to April 5th of last year.

While this program seems to be just a little on this side of “too much,” it’s still happening, so if you find yourself in North Carolina over the next week and a half, you should probably keep your lead foot off the pedal.

News Source: Yahoo! Autos

A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.