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Fayetteville police crack down on aggressive driving

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Red light runners, tailgaters, and speeders are all the target of an aggressive driving crackdown in Fayetteville.

The new push from Fayetteville police comes just days after two Fort Bragg soldiers were killed in a street racing crash. Police had planned the new program before the accident, but happened to announce it as they were addressing the fatal crash on Friday.

The semi-undercover operation is the police department's latest attempt at cutting back on accidents near problematic intersections.

"This is just mainly people not paying attention or wanting to try to beat the light," Fayetteville Police Sgt. Richard Silverest said.

Crash Analysis Reduction, or CAR, consists of beefed up patrols in a weekly top-three accident prone intersection area.

This week's top three accident-prone intersections are at Santa Fe and Bragg Boulevard, Skibo and Morganton Roads, and Skibo and Raeford Roads.

Two years ago, a young mother and her unborn child died, after she ran a red light at Skibo and Raeford Roads.

Drivers won't know when patrols will be at the targeted intersections, and police cars may not be visible. Police will start monitoring the intersection from several hundred feet back.

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