SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — California Highway Patrol officers have written nearly double the amount of citations for speeding over 100 mph amid stay-at-home orders.
Between March 19 and April 19, CHP says 2,493 citations have been issued statewide for speeding more than 100 mph, compared to 1,335 citations over the same period in 2019. That's about 87 percent more citations.
The massive spike in citations comes as Caltrans reports a 35 percent decrease in traffic volume.
“It is alarming to see the number of citations officers are writing for excessive speeds on California roadways,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Higher speeds can lead to much more serious injuries and significantly increase the chance of death should a crash occur. Keep yourself and those on the road around you safe. Slow down and drive at a safe, legal speed.”
California's highway signs will soon be displaying safety messages to slow down and drive safely for essential workers.
“Excessive speed and unsafe driving threaten everyone using our highway system,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Viewing less congested roads as an invitation to drive dangerously jeopardizes the safety of construction and maintenance crews who are working to maintain reliable access to our highways when people need it most.”
As a reminder, CHP says the state's "move over" law is still in effect, requiring drivers to move over a lane, or slow down if unable to do so, for Caltrans vehicles, law enforcement, emergency vehicles, and tow trucks.