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North Carolina cracks down on drivers going one-mile-per hour over posted speed limit

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — If you set your cruise control to five miles above the posted speed limit, you might consider lowering it a bit when crossing over the North Carolina state line.

Highway officials and North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WTVD that troopers would begin cracking down on speeders — anyone who traveled above the posted speed limit. That crackdown was set to begin Thursday, ahead of Spring Break in Central Virginia.

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“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,” the N.C. Department of Transportation posted online. “Studies continue to show that speed is a major cause of injury and fatality on North Carolina roadways. In 2015 alone, there were 322 speed-related fatalities and 10,658 speed-related injuries. Speeding was a contributing factor in 23 percent of all fatal crashes in North Carolina.”