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With fewer cars on the roads, UHP troopers are seeing a lot more speeders

Some clocked at over 100 mph
Posted at 8:11 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 10:11:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol has an important message for every driver right now: slow down and save a life.

Troopers say that with fewer cars on the roads due to impacts from the coronavirus, some drivers are taking advantage of the situation in the completely wrong way.

Fox 13 went on a ride-along with one of their troopers, who voiced the concerns all troopers have with the disregard for basic traffic safety that they are seeing.

With a typical pre-pandemic commute, which were much larger, troopers would see average speeds of 80 to 85 mph tops.

Now they're seeing cars going more than 100 mph on a daily basis.

"Its not good," said UHP trooper Eddie Wright. "We had a guy yesterday going over 100 miles per hour, just your normal, average person, and he ended up going to jail because of it."

Apart from a hefty fine and possible jail time for speeding, troopers say it could end someone's life.

They have seen an uptick in high-speed crashes, some of them deadly.

Their advice is to follow the law and keep the speed limit wherever you may be driving.