Capt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesperson for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said the goal of speed patrols are to improve safety. He said Chapel Hill police announce where the speed patrols will be on their website and social media to decrease speeding.
According to The Town of Chapel Hill website, there were three speed patrols earlier in March. The next one will take place March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Municipal Drive.
“If we could get people to slow down by telling them ahead of time, we’ve achieved our goal. If we get people to slow down by stopping them and giving them a ticket, then we’ve also achieved our goal,” Mecimore said.
“Our preference would be that we would get people to slow down and we don’t have to write them a ticket.”
Mecimore said Chapel Hill police do not gain a reward when they write a ticket.
“I think people have the misconception that tickets somehow make money for the town or the police department,” Mecimore said.
UNC junior Caitlin Moscarito said she often sees speed patrols on Raleigh Road.
“It doesn’t seem logical because it’s a hill and it’s off-campus so it’s away from a lot of people,” Moscarito said.