Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press
Published 8:43 a.m. ET April 29, 2020 | Updated 12:28 p.m. ET April 29, 2020
Michigan State Police ticketed a driver for going 110 mph over the speed limit earlier this month.
Police stopped the driver on southbound I-75 — a 70 mph highway — about 11:45 p.m. April 19 near Sigler Road in Monroe County’s Berlin Township, said MSP First District Lt. Brian Oleksyk.
It’s just one example of an increase in high-speed driving amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Oleksyk said. Still, in more than 19 years of work, the fastest speedster he’s seen went about 130 or 137 mph.
Though police are limiting traffic stops right now out of concern for the spread of COVID-19, troopers are forced to make a stop when someone goes that fast, Oleksyk said.
The driver puts themselves, everybody else on the road, and the officer trying to make the stop in danger, he said.
“If there was a crash, to me, there’s only one outcome at that high of speeds, and that’s death,” he said.
The ticket, a redacted version which MSP posted to Twitter but later removed out of concern for identifying the driver, showed the accused motorist was driving a 2016 Dodge and apologized for speeding.
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“My fault I was speeding with anotherr (sic) vehicle,” a remark on the ticket stated. “Sorry.”
The fine for speeding more than 25 mph over the speed limit, in this case, amounts to a dollar per mile per hour at $180, according to a schedule of fines listed on the Monroe County website.
The incident serves as a reminder that less traffic on the roads and temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit this week shouldn’t be an encouragement to hit the gas pedal, Oleksyk said.
An exact number of tickets issued in recent weeks was not immediately available, but the increase in speeding has been significant, Oleksyk said. He said tickets may not be reflective of the issue either, as troopers have discretion in issuing tickets or warnings.
The excuses for speeding have remained the same amid the pandemic — people saying no one was on the road, saying they were late to work, saying it was the flow of traffic or they just weren’t paying attention, he said.
“Just be safe, pay attention and drive the posted speed limit whether you’re on the freeways or residential secondary roads,” he said.
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