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GPD Announces Site of Next Reckless Driving Crackdown

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department has announced High Point Road will be the site of its next traffic enforcement campaign, which is tentatively set to begin May 1 and would require an around-the-clock crackdown on reckless driving along the stretch of road between Patterson Street and Hilltop Road.

Police have said the campaign will be similar to the crackdowns on Battleground Avenue and Wendover Avenue, conducted within the past year.

From January 6 through March 21, more than a dozen officers monitored the five-mile stretch between Horse Pen Creek Road and Cornwallis Drive on Battleground Avenue. At the conclusion of the campaign, the police department reported the officers had issued more than a thousand citations--most for failure to wear seat belts--during the campaign. Since releasing those numbers, police have conducted further analysis on the results.

Despite the citations issued for seat belts, police said there was a 17 percent increase in seat belt use. The estimated cost of property damage from collisions decreased by 16 percent, or $27,000.

The police department said an additional benefit from the Battleground Avenue campaign was a reduction in part one index crimes--murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Police said these crimes were down eight percent, compared to the same period of time last year.

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