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More drivers cited for speeding as traffic declines

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The California Highway Patrol is issuing a lot more tickets to motorists feeling the need for speed on roadways where lanes are wide open during the coronavirus pandemic.

From March 19, when the stay-at-home order began, through April 19, officers issued 87% more citations to drivers suspected of speeding in excess of 100 mph. That's compared to the same period last year.

The jump in speeding tickets coincides with a 35% decline in traffic volume.

Officials say work crews taking advantage of reduced traffic to perform road maintenance are put in danger by speeding motorists. 

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