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As pandemic raged, roadways became speedways

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COLUMBUS, O.H. (AP) — Police around the country are reporting that as roads and highways emptied during the pandemic, some drivers took advantage by pushing well past the speed limit.

It’s a trend that statistics show is continuing even as states reopen.

The head of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said troopers have issued 2,200 tickets since April for driving more than 100 mph. That’s a 61 percent increase over the same time period a year ago.

July was Ohio’s worst month for fatal crashes since 2007.

California, Iowa and Utah are among several states reporting similar year-over-year increases in high speeds.

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