Increase in Citations for Drivers Speeding Over 100 MPH

Citations Spike for California Drivers Speeding Over 100 Mph

Caltrans recently made a public announcement in a press release of their joint collaboration with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to urge California drivers to slow down. Since the coronavirus pandemic, there have been lower traffic volumes, which appears to be related to the recent 87 percent increase in speeding citations of over 100 mph.

Less Traffic, More Speeding

Over the course of the first month that California enforced the stay-at-home mandate, March 19 – April 19, CHP announced that 2,493 citations were issued for drivers speeding above 100 mph. In comparison, 1,335 citations were issued for speeding in excess of 100 mph at the same time last year. This speeding citation increase happened while Caltrans recorded a declining traffic volume by approximately 35 percent compared to the same time last year. Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin has voiced his concern regarding this increase in excessive speed citations, stating that excessive speed is one of the many unsafe driving habits that threaten the safety of motorists on the California highway system. He further emphasized that unsafe, reckless driving habits also affect maintenance and construction workers that devote their time to make highways reliable and accessible for everyone.

CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley appears to align his perspective with that of Toks Omishakin, as he referred to the spike in citations for drivers speeding over 100 mph as “alarming.” He urged drivers to remember that not only does excessive speeding increase the chances of a car accident, but also increases the likelihood of an accident involving serious injury and even death. All California motorists should prioritize their own safety as well as the safety of everyone else on the road, according to Stanley.

Caltrans Still Functioning amid Nationwide Pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Caltrans has continued to aid the general public with a reliable and safe transportation system. The department has kept all critical functions open during the crisis, such as ensuring road access to medical centers and the convenient delivery of essential goods and services across the state. Some work that has been considered “non-essential” has been suspended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, maintenance and construction workers are working every day to address safety concerns, hazards, and other critically functioning aspects of California highways.

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