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Operation C.A.R.E. in Full Force Throughout State

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Campbell Co., VA - Virginia State Police are out in full force this holiday weekend as part of Operation C.A.R.E, which stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort.

This weekend 75% of troopers are out on the roads.

"Hang on," said Senior Trooper Butch McMurray as he whipped the car around.

It was a wild ride for Videographer Ira Quillen and me.

"79 miles an hour," Trooper McMurrary said. "The speed limit is posted at 65 miles an hour and you came to the stationary radar at 79 miles an hour. Any reason for going that fast?" McMurray asked a driver he pulled over.

McMurray has been with Virginia State Police for 25 years. He has little tolerance for those breaking the law.

"There's no way you can give a 35 year veteran a warning?" asked the driver of the stopped vehicle.

The answer was no. The trooper wrote the ticket and moved on. 

"Slow down, have a safe trip," he said.

Then, less than 10 minutes later....

"83 [mph]," Trooper McMurray said. "In Virginia, that's reckless driving. Anything over 80 is considered reckless driving by speed."

"I'm not used to driving this car. I have my own car, this is my wife's car," the driver of the vehicle said.

This one got a reckless driving ticket.McMurray says over the holiday weekend, he has pulled over dozens.

"35 cars," he said.

A good deal of drivers are on high alert.

"A lot of police officers and a lot of sheriff's cars out on the road, so we've seen a lot of cars being stopped," driver Ed Parker said.

Police are really focused on a few things:

"Speeding, DUI, texting now, seatbelts is a big thing, and aggressive driving," said McMurray.

He says so far this year, Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox and Campbell Counties have had at least 20 fatalities on roads, and they do not want to see that number increase.

Patrols are very saturated on 460, 29, and 501. Officials say traffic is so heavy Monday in part because of people traveling to Blacksburg for the Virginia Tech game. Also, people returning home from their holiday destination.

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