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Motorists Take to the Road at High Speeds Amid Coronavirus Quarantine


April 26, 2020

USA- Gwinnettdailypost.com writes that amid the coronavirus quarantine, drivers are taking to the road at high rates of speed. Few motorists are on highways that would normally be blocked with heavy traffic, leaving these roads nearly empty. State officials across the nation are now reporting a drastic increase in speeding violations. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued a report on the troubling trend.*

Drivers have been spotted at speeds of 100 miles an hour or more both in urban areas and rural ones. One official in New York stated that drivers appear to believe that they are living in a video game as they speed along the empty streets. 

In March, traffic on American roads all but disappeared in an unprecedented way. Major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago stated that speeds on their highways were about 75 percent higher than they had seen prior to the pandemic. Before the outbreak of the virus, traffic would have been too congested to allow for such speeds. In New York, speed cameras issued twice as many speeding tickets in March as the previous month. 

Rural roads are also seeing the surge in dangerous high-speed driving. As an extreme example, in Georgia, police clocked a motorcycle traveling at a shocking 172 miles per hour. 

Speeding is extremely hazardous, and in some states appears to be leading to a rise in fatal crashes. In Minnesota, about twice as many deadly wrecks occurred this year as in the same time period last year. 

A spokesperson for the GHSA pointed out that amid the pandemic, emergency rooms are struggling to treat all of the people made ill by COVID-19. A surge in car-crash-related injuries would only add strain to an already overburdened healthcare system in many parts of the country. 

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