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Ohio's Pandemic Shutdown Led To Big Rise In Speeding Tickets Over 100 MPH

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Gabe Rosenberg
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WOSU

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the number of traffic citations issued to speeders traveling at more than 100 miles per hour increased significantly during the pandemic.

Sgt. Nathan Dennis with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says all those travelers caught going faster than 100 mph were essentially crimes of opportunity.

“As a result of traffic decreasing we were seeing a significant increase in the amount of speeders, I guess, taking advantage of the fact that less traffic was on the roadway," Dennis said.

Data supplied by the Highway Patrol shows that between March 24 and July 10, they issued 1,159 citations to drivers going faster than a 100 mph. That’s compared to 658 citations issued during the same period in 2019.

The Highway Patrol says they expect those numbers to come down drastically now that more drivers are back on the road.

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