Speed limit to be reduced on Catfish Lake Road

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 03:28 PM.

Sgt. Curtis Toler, of the N.C. Highway Patrol, said drivers should expect to see troopers enforcing the new speed limit.

“With the resources that we have, we will treat this road like any other,” Toler said. “The patrol has the capability to do speed enforcement on this road like we do any other road. We are fully prepared and fully capable. We have a variety of means of speed enforcement but the ultimate goal is voluntary compliance.”

Toler mentioned that drivers going 56 mph in the new 35 mph zone could lose their licenses.

“I hope they write them up,” said Chris Hair, who was driving on the road Friday. “If they catch them speeding out here, I hope they throw the book at them.”

Hair said the reduced speed limit was good news.

“They needed to do something about this a long time ago. It will save lives,” Hair said. “This road out here is a death trap for anybody who doesn’t know what they’re doing.”

The loose gravel and bumpy conditions have caused problems for drivers, with the majority of wrecks involving a single vehicle in which drivers lose control and slide either into trees or overturn into ditches, according to DOT statistics.

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