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GASTONIA, N.C. Gastonia police cited 45 people in a four-hour period Wednesday as part of a new operation aiming to slow down area drivers.

The Gastonia Police Department said 34 people were charged with speeding during the campaign conducted on U.S. 321. Others were charged with various offenses such as not wearing a seat belt, illegal tint and expired registration.

The No Need 2 Speed campaign will continue through April 8, and law enforcement said it plans to step up patrols on several North Carolina highways.

More than 12,400 citations were issued by state and local law enforcement agencies last month for speeding alone.

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