WPD goes undercover to catch speeders


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Submitted: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 5:37pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is using some unique methods this week to catch drivers who may be breaking the law. Today officers disguised themselves as roadside maintenance workers, including an officer on a tractor armed with a laser-radar.

Police say Randall Parkway between Kerr and Covil is a common area for speeders. They hope traffic operations like the one held Tuesday will get the message across that drivers should slow down.

“The goal here is to slow people down, but what we’re doing mostly is speed enforcement,” Sgt. Mike Donelson said.

Armed with a tractor and a radar gun this group of Wilmington Police officers are on the hunt for drivers with a lead foot by disguising an officer as a roadside worker to clock drivers at the speed they really drive.

“Everyone slows down when they see a police car, and we appreciate that, but if there is no police presence, people tend to speed back up,” Donelson said. “I think this way if you have the idea that the police may be out there and you can’t see them, if that’s what it takes to get motorist to slow down, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Not long after everyone was in position, officers had their first batch of speeders. We rode along with Ofc. Mark Anderson. The driver of one SUV was caught going ten miles faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit.

The drivers Anderson pulled over and cited did not get too mad about the situation. Some acknowledged that they were going a little fast.

Police say the key is to promote safe driving and protect those working along or driving on our roads.

“It’s almost cliché to say speed kills, but it really does,” Donelson said. “The faster you go the more violent that crash is going to be.”

One driver ticketed had a smile on her face. She said she will now be cautious about her speed.

In all, officers issued 27 citations during the morning traffic operation. Twenty-two were for speeding, one for expired registration, one for no seat belt and three drivers received written warnings.

WPD will conduct similar traffic operations around town all this week.

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60 Comments on "WPD goes undercover to catch speeders"


virgogirl
2015 years 8 months ago

Dialing your phone is the same as texting. So…. texting and driving / dialing and driving ….. equally as dangerous.

Rich
2015 years 8 months ago

WOW! I heard it all. Whats next are we going to see them jumping out of the manholes. I guess we can be grateful that they are not driving the tractor speeding more money.

SurfCityTom
2015 years 8 months ago

have forgotten to take your prescribed pharmacuticals that morning.

I bet most folks were like me and never really got your point — if there was one.

Guest cant drive 55
2015 years 8 months ago

Fact is most drivers who get cought speeding pay the ticket !! Most people in creekwood and other projects that get caught selling drugs , killing, raping, etc get a court appointed attorney and we the citzen pay for it !! sooo lesson is its cheaper to pay the speeding ticket than to let them arrest real criminals. However I do agree with enforcing the law , no matter what law, its just not fair for a honest hard working person, they get it coming and going, and WPD knows this , Make money is to ticket people who will pay, not the ones that will not !!! That my friend is FACT. Guess we better slow down huh ??

JenniR
2015 years 8 months ago

Poor whiny speeders!!! Blatantly breaking the law and mad when you get caught. I don’t ever hear a bunch of drunk driving offenders whining after a roadblock. If it was up to me, you should also get child endangerment if there is a child in the car when you are speeding. Laws are there to protect everyone, not for everyone to break.

Driving is a privaledge, not a right.