Empty California highways have led to a spike in speeding tickets issued for driving in excess of 100 mph. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in the month after Safer at Home was enacted, nearly 87 percent more drivers were cited for excessive speeding. Traffic levels during Safer at Home are estimated to have dropped around 35% compared to last year. Some drivers have seen the open freeways as an invitation to drive faster. Crashes that occur at excessive speeds can result in serious injuries and can be fatal.
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As drivers, we’re forced to share the roads with others. If even one person begins driving extremely fast, everyone else on the road is placed at risk. This fact was highlighted by many electronic highway signs installed across the freeway system, imploring drivers to not speed. The 2,493 speeders issued tickets during the first month of Safer at Home face fines up to $500 and the possible suspension of their driving privileges. They could also be charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
Drivers have a responsibility to other drivers to remain safe on the roads, though we know that not every driver will meet this challenge. We encourage all drivers to carry insurance, keep your vehicle properly maintained, drive defensively, and avoid distracted driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with an irresponsible driver, our law firm can help you. We can help you receive medical treatment, fix your car, recover lost wages, and seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Speak with a car accident expert. Call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.