NC speeders beware! There is no ‘buffer zone,’ officials warn ahead of enforcement campaign

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – Law enforcement officers across the state are trying to get a simple message across to drivers: the posted speed limit is the law.

Statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation show speed was a contributing factor in 23 percent of all fatal crashes in the state last year. Most of the speed-related traffic fatalities in 2015 were on non-interstate roadways.


According to the NCDOT, many Americans believe they won’t be ticketed if they drive within a “buffer zone” above the posted speed limit.

State and local officials are now teaming up to let drivers know that they can be stopped for driving any amount over the speed limit.

The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicks off the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” Speeding Enforcement Campaign on Thursday in Rocky Mount.

Last year, the campaign netted 44,475 total violations. Click here to see how many were in your county.

According to the NCDOT, consequences of speeding include:

  • Reducing a driver’s ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway
  • Extending the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop
  • Increasing the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a hazard
  • Increasing the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and pedestrians might not be able to judge distance correctly

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