VIRGINIA (WFXR/WAVY) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, statistics show less people are traveling on Virginia’s interstates, but they’re also traveling more recklessly
Virginia State Police (VSP) says some people are viewing open roads as an opportunity to pick up speed.
For example, VSP posted a picture on Facebook of a summons issued to a driver traveling at 115 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone in Arlington on Saturday, May 9.
According to VSP, nearly half of the fatal crashes since Gov. Ralph Northam declared the state of emergency in March have been speed related.
State Trooper Lewis Bowen says he’s personally noticed higher speeds on Hampton Roads’ interstates. Trooper Bowen wants to remind drivers that an open road is not an open invitation to put more pressure on the pedal.
“With there being fewer cars on the roadway, we do have an increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic, so if you are driving, always buckle up and make sure you follow the speed limits and make sure you’re alert and aware,” Trooper Bowen said.
On Saturday, May 2, VSP says troopers stopped eight drivers exceeding 100 miles per hour, with one of those drivers clocked at 132 miles per hour in Fairfax County.
Though the number of speeders is up, there’s been a 56 percent decrease in crashes across the state.
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