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Excessive speeding on the rise in Ohio

Ohio law enforcement has noticed a potentially troubling trend on the state’s roads. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, there has been a sharp increase in the number of individuals driving at excessive speeds. The law enforcement group has written an unusual amount of speeding tickets for drivers going 20 mph over the speed limit or faster. OSHP is asking all drivers to maintain safe speeds and be cautious.

Concerns over risks

Driving at excessive speeds could increase the chance of an accident as the driver may have more difficulty stopping or controlling the vehicle. Over the last three years, troopers have noticed more drivers not just speeding, but speeding excessively. In 2020, they wrote almost 76,000 citations for speeds that were 20 mph faster than the speed limit or higher.

While the number of speeding tickets was lower during a time when most people were home for work and school, things are beginning to slowly return to normal. This means more drivers are on the road, and more drivers naturally means more speeding tickets. As there will be more vehicles sharing space, driving at excessive speeds is especially risky.

Fighting back

A speeding ticket is much more than just an inconvenience for an Ohio driver. A speeding ticket can result in expensive fines, points on the driver’s license and more. Paying the fine is an admission of guilt, and drivers may find that it is better for their long-term interests to actually fight back. After getting a citation, it may help to discuss the legal options available with an experienced traffic violations attorney.

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