“No Need to Speed” Traffic Enforcement Initiative
The Greensboro Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit will be conducting a joint initiative, “No Need to Speed”, beginning Wednesday November 27 and concluding on Sunday December 1. The GPD Traffic Safety Unit will be spearheading this initiative, along with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, The High Point Police Department, UNCG Police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. These law enforcement agencies will be focusing in and around Interstate Highways, US Highways and NC Highways throughout Greensboro.
According to NHTSA, the Thanksgiving holiday, traditionally the start of the busy holiday travel season, sees an increase in crashes and fatalities. In 2017, 528 people were killed in crashes across the country during the holiday weekend (6 pm November 22 through 5:59 am November 27); about half of the passenger vehicle occupants who died weren’t wearing seat belts. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, 57 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were unbuckled, compared to 40 percent during the day.
GPD’s Traffic Safety Unit will conduct multiple special operations in order to cover each highway throughout the City or Greensboro. Crash causing violations involving speeding, following too close, aggressive driving, careless and reckless driving, failure to wear seatbelt, and distracted driving violations will be the primary concern during this initiative. Officers will conduct overt as well as covert operations to detect violations, utilizing marked and unmarked Police Vehicles, Police Motorcycles and Police spotter strategies.
Officers throughout Guilford County will be stationed on each highway, conducting traffic operations utilizing multiple officers at each location. Officers will be looking for crash causing violations that put drivers at risk, as well as conducting seatbelt enforcement along the interstate and highway routes. Overhead electronic message boards will display warnings to motorists of increased law enforcement presence along travel routes. Officers encourage motorists to allow extra travel time along their routes.