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UHP: Even with fewer cars on the road, you still can't speed

Posted at 11:05 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 13:15:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol has an important message for people driving on Utah roadways: they're still writing speeding tickets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, UHP posted a series of tweets showing LIDAR gun readings and tickets they wrote. One driver was cited for traveling 104 mph.

"With our state's roadways seeing less traffic, we are seeing an increase in lead feet. Please do not increase your speed just because you see open roads in front of you. Now is an excellent time to utilize your vehicle's cruise control - set it at or below the posted speed limit," one of the tweets said.

According to the Utah Courts website [PDF], local speeding fines range from $120-870, depending on the severity of the offense, and additional penalties are added for those speeding by more than 31 mph. Some speeding offenses also warrant a mandatory court appearance.