RALEIGH, N.C. — How fast can you go on the highway without attracting the attention of police? You take five miles over the speed limit and they give you five miles — anything over that is fair game, right?
Drive anywhere from 1 to 9 miles per hour over the limit and you’ll avoid the flashing lights, the theory goes.
Many people believe that such a ‘buffer law’ exists, or is an unwritten rule among police.
Some states have laws requiring automated speed cameras to have such a buffer, but officers on the road have no such limitations.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is about to crack down on this myth, according to WTVD, and other states could soon follow.
The governor’s highway safety program is ramping up what’s being called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” speeding enforcement crackdown.
Law enforcement says they’ll target and ticket anyone driving above the posted speed limit – even ONE mile over – beginning Thursday.
Some states periodically crack down like this, and others may follow soon, leading to more tickets nationwide.
Let’s just hope we get a heads up before it kicks in here in the Lone Star state.