The amount of speeding tickets given to Ohio drivers going over 100 miles per hour has more than doubled from this time last year.
The trend started in April when the pandemic began.
“I think unfortunately over several months where traffic was extremely light, people were driving on those less congested roadways and maybe driving a lot faster than what they normally would. I think that became a habit,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Colbert told News Center 7′s John Bedell on Monday. “And I think now it’s going to be almost trying to unlearn a bad habit that we’ve started.”
More than 2,200 speeding tickets were given to drivers going faster than 100 miles per hour since April, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released.
That number is up 61 percent.
Those numbers show that drivers are continuing to speed despite a more normal traffic volume as the state reopens.
Additionally, tickets given to drivers going over 100 miles per hour increased by 15 percent in April compared to the same time in 2019.
Extra patrols have been in the Dayton area for Labor Day weekend.
More than 100 speeding tickets have been distributed during the holiday weekend so far, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol sergeant for the Dayton post.
The sergeant said that most of the tickets were given to those driving between 15 and 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
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