Just 1 mile over the limit could land you a speeding ticket in NC

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 6:12 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC (WWBT) - Police are ready to give out speeding tickets to anyone driving even one mile over the posted speed limit in North Carolina.

Many believe they can drive up to nine miles per hour over the speed limit and not get a ticket, but the NC Department of Transportation is launching a new effort on Thursday to debunk the "buffer zone" myth.

"Many Americans believe they won't be ticketed if they drive within a 'buffer zone' above the posted speed limit," the NCDOT said on its website this week. "But now, law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW."

In 2015, NCDOT says 88 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities in the state occurred on non-interstate roadways where the posted speed limits were 55 mph or lower. Only 8 percent of the state's speeding-related fatalities occurred on interstate highways.

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