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Reminder: Don’t Speed During the Quarantine

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If you’re a vehicle owner, you might be enjoying one unexpected benefit of the COVID-19 lockdowns: a lack of traffic. Quieter roads can definitely make it more tempting to speed when you take your car out for the occasional essential errand. Police have reported an increase in speeders during this time in both the U.S. and Europe.

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Even if there are few cars on the roads these days, make sure to observe the speed limit signs
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A global speeding trend

According to Reuters, police in Los Angeles and London have cited drivers for speeds of over 100 miles an hour. In Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia law enforcement claimed 30 percent of drivers went over the speed limit in March compared with an average 5-8 percent of drivers annually.

During the first week of April, average vehicle speeds surged in the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York-Newark-Jersey City, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn. INRIX, a transportation analytics firm, confirms that the average speed on state highways, interstate highways, and expressways increased by as much as 75 percent in these five regions when compared with January and February stats.

And even though traffic in Washington, D.C. dropped 80 percent in March compared with January, police confirmed a 20 percent surge in speeding tickets. Forty percent of these citations involved drivers who were going 21-25 mph above the legal speed limit.

Safe driving reminder

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Free first responders to help those who really need it by sticking to speed limits during the COVID-19 lockdowns
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These stats provide a timely reminder to observe the speed limit when you’re taking your vehicle for a spin during the quarantine. After all, coronavirus is enough of a concern to deal with on a daily basis without adding to that the hazard of reckless driving.

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