RALEIGH, NC (WCMH) — Police in North Carolina say language in their “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign is being misinterpreted.
The release stated that police will be targeting all drivers who are “traveling over the posted speed limit.”
Many Americans believe they won’t be ticketed if they drive within a “buffer zone” above the posted speed limit. But now, law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW.
News of the program quickly went viral with many Americans believing that meant they could get a ticket in the state even if they are just going one mile faster than the posted speed limit. But NCDOT spokesman Jonathan Bandy says that’s simply not true.
“The entire point of this is to keep people safe,” Bandy told NBC affiliate WECT-TV. “We are using high-visibility enforcement so drivers will obey the signs and reduce their speed.”
Late Thursday afternoon, the NCDOT tweeted out a clarification on the program.
The tweet explains that troopers will issue speeding citations for “clear-cut and substantial violations.” That means if you’re only going a couple miles faster than the posted speed limit, you likely won’t be targeted.
“Will you get stopped for 1 over? You might get stopped for 1 over and given a warning ticket,” North Carolina State Trooper Rhodes told Greenville Online, adding that they if they found other violations, “then we would cite you for being 1 mile over.”
“We’re telling people the speed limit is the speed limit for a reason and that is the safest speed to travel when you are on that specific road,” Brandy said. “The speed limit is the law, and people should abide by it.”
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