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CHP seeing more drivers reaching speeds over 100 mph

Officers say with fewer cars on the road, drivers are going faster
Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 07, 2020

Several drivers have been ticketed for speeding in the Santa Maria area over the last few days.

The California Highway Patrol’s Santa Maria area office says at least seven citations have been handed out since Sunday. At least five of the drivers were going 100 mph or higher, with one clocking in at 107.

Officers say with fewer cars on the road due to shelter-in-place orders, drivers seem to be going faster.

It’s something seen across the Central Coast over the last month.

Santa Maria CHP says crashes, however, have only slightly decreased and officers are seeing speed play a bigger role in the crashes that are taking place.

CHP says drivers can also face misdemeanor charges if reckless driving comes into play.