Posted by Debra Worley - email
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the NC Highway Patrol are joining efforts for a new initiative geared towards keeping area roads safer.
Wilmington A.W.A.R.E. (area wide aggressive road enforcement) will kick off Tuesday afternoon.
The New Hanover County and Wilmington area is known for having one of the highest crash rates in North Carolina.
The program motto will be "Visibility plus Enforcement equals Compliance." Officials hope the initiative will increase visibility, and utilize strict enforcement.
The program will have quarterly themes for enforcement to give officers an opportunity to concentrate on a specific type of violation and to educate the public.
Law enforcement officers will maintain all of its current efforts to enforce all traffic violations and DWIs.
First Quarter- March, April, and May 2009
Theme- AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
Violations- Speeding, Following Too Closely, Red Light/ Stop Sign Violations
Second Quarter- June, July, and August 2009
Theme- OCCUPANT SAFETY
Violations- Seat Belt, Child Restraint violations, Distracted Drivers
Third Quarter- September, October, and November 2009
Theme- DRIVER AWARENESS
Violations- Passing Stopped School Bus, School Zones, Construction Zones, Failure to move over/ slow down when passing stopped emergency vehicle
Fourth Quarter- December 09, January and February 2010
No Operator's License, Driving During Revocation, Insurance and Registration Violations.
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