Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
The North Carolina Highway Patrol ran their 'Operation Slow Down' from March 24th, 2013 until March 31st, 2013. This program was ran in an effort to cite North Carolina Drivers for Speeding and other infractions during this week. As a Wake County Traffic Attorney, Matheson Law Office knew of this program immediately as a result of the influx in traffic calls the firm received.
This program, reported by WRAL news, was responsible for the State Troopers issuing more than 26,000 traffic tickets during this week. Included in those tickets were 13,667 speeding tickets, 2,335 seat belt tickets and 534 child restraint tickets. During the operation, the State Troopers used an influx of troopers on North Carolina streets and/or highways to identify potential traffic violations and issue the appropriate tickets. For this week, it was not uncommon to see multiple State Trooper vehicles on the highways where there may be a high rate of violations.
"As a Raleigh Criminal Attorney, I anticipate the announcements of these programs as I am already aware due to the influx of calls," Raleigh DUI Attorney M. Moseley Matheson stated. "Whether it is 'Booze it or Lose it, Click it or Ticket or Operation Slow Down' the programs that our state and local police officers use always create in increase in the numbers of calls we have from people who have received charges. Many people who call are surprised to hear that their charge and/or arrest was the result of a specific program designed to apprehend as many alleged violators as possible."
In addition to the speeding tickets and minor infractions that 'Operation Slow Down' resulted in, WRAL reports that the Highway Patrol also arrested 685 drivers for North Carolina DWI Violations. The individuals may have received their tickets after having been pulled over for other infractions, most likely speeding. The drivers may have also been apprehended by the Highway Patrol Officers observing erratic driving by the driver as a result of the greater presence of patrol officers on the Highways. Once the Patrol Officer suspects impaired driving, they will move forward with roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to determine whether the driver is too impaired to drive. If the driver fails these tests, they will likely be arrested and taken downtown where a breath or blood sample may be taken to determine the level of impairment.
"I handle many, many North Carolina DWI Charges and many people do not realize how easy it is that a driver can receive these charges. They may be many explanations for why a particular driver fails the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, but if there is an admission of drinking and/or odor of alcohol the Driver is likely to be arrested." Cary DUI Lawyer M. Moseley Matheson shared. "People need to realize that operations like these may not be intended to catch Driving While Impaired in North Carolina, but once stopped, the Officers are looking for any violations of the laws, not just the original purpose of the stop."
If you received a Criminal Charge as a result of this program or for any other reason, and are in need of a Wake County Criminal Defense Attorney, contact the Matheson Law Office for your free consultation at 919-335-5291.