Troopers say open roads bring out the lead foot in some drivers
More citations issued for going 20 mph over speed limit
MANSFIELD - Since Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued the COVID-19 stay-at-home order on March 22, the number of cars on the road has fallen considerably — and some drivers are taking advantage of the open roads, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.
In Richland County, troopers issued a total of 46 speeding citations from March 23 to May 3, of which 34 citations were issued to motorists traveling 20-plus miles over the speed limit and three citations to motorists traveling over 100 mph.
"It's amazing how many motorists will see an open roadway and just think it's a free for all and drive at higher speeds than they should be, causing potential risk for other drivers and themselves," said Lt. Amy Ivy, commander of the Mansfield post of the Highway Patrol.
The number of 100-mph speeders has soared recently in some Ohio counties, although not in Richland County, but although there are fewer cars on the road troopers see many drivers going 20 or more mph over the speed limit.
"There are many, many more people traveling faster than the posted speed limit, many over 20 mph," Ivy said. "We have increased our enforcement effort looking for speeding violators traveling over 20 miles and will stop them on the interstate."
sg飞艇appIn the Richland County stretch of Interstate 71, three motorists were cited for speeding over 100-plus mph between end of March and early May. That's the same number of 100-plus mph speeders stopped in 2019 during the same time period and one less than the four motorists cited for going over 100 in 2018 during those months.
sg飞艇appIn 2019 during about the same time period in Richland County, when no stay-at-home orders were in effect, troopers issued a total of 733 speeding citations, 139 to motorists traveling 20-plus miles mph and three to motorists traveling 100-plus mph.
sg飞艇appIn 2018, during about the same time period in Richland County, troopers issued a total of 842 speeding citations of which 155 were issued to motorists traveling 20-plus miles mph and four speeding citations were issued to motorists traveling 100-plus mph.
Meanwhile in Warren County, the highway patrol reported 55 speeding citations for motorists going 100-mph or more from March 23 to May 3. That's a big jump from the 10 triple-digit-speeders cited in 2019 and the nine stopped in 2018 during roughly the same time span, according to highway patrol statistics.
sg飞艇appIvy said troopers continue to look for reckless drivers and are still handling some crashes, which are obviously down since the stay-at-home order.
"We are still assisting in food deliveries, like Catholic Charities will call us if they need food deliveries. We are doing a lot more community service than normal," Ivy said.
sg飞艇appIn Crawford County, troopers issued a total of 14 speeding citations from March 23 to May 3 of which 13 citations were issued to motorists traveling 20-plus miles mph and four citations to motorists traveling over 100-plus mph.
In 2019 in Crawford County, troopers issued 207 speeding citations from March 25 to May 5 of which 27 citations were issued to motorists traveling 20-plus miles mph and zero (0) citations to motorists traveling over 100-plus mph.
In 2018, during the same time period (March 26 to May 6, 2018) in Crawford County, troopers issued a total of 333 speeding citations of which 43 were issued to motorists traveling 20-plus miles mph and five speeding citations issued to motorists traveling over 100-plus mph.