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Nebraska State Patrol sees 'dramatic' hike in excessive speeding

Posted at 1:33 PM, May 19, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - Nebraska State Patrol say they are seeing a "dramatic" increase in excessive speeding.

Nebraska State Patrol says between March 19 and May 18, troopers issued 204 speeding citations for drivers traveling more than 100 miles per hour across 26 different counties.

During the same two period month in 2019, troopers only issued 101 such citations.

“The increase in excessive speeding has been dramatic,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Those speeds are dangerous, especially as traffic volume increases. Our troopers have remained diligent during the pandemic and continue to patrol Nebraska roads.”

So far in May, troopers have cited 80 drivers for going more than 100 miles per hour. That's a higher number of citations than any full month in 2019.

“May is traditionally the start of the summer driving season and, even though circumstances are different this year, we expect to see traffic volume continue to increase across the state,” said Colonel Bolduc. “We encourage all motorists to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws.”

NSP launched the annual spring “Click It or Ticket” campaign Monday and will kick-off the annual 100 days of summer initiative later this month.