Operation Slow Down Yields More Than 4,000 Citations

WILMINGTON -- The numbers are in from Operation Slow Down, and the Highway Patrol's push to keep drivers safe this holiday season is apparently working.

The statewide effort to slow people down and reduce fatal accidents resulted in an unusually large number of tickets.

Southeastern North Carolina racked up more than 4,000 citations, the bulk of those from people speeding between 65 and 75 miles per hour.

In New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, officers wrote 429 tickets, well above their usual two-week average.

Reported by Kim Gebbia