The Covid-19 health crisis and social distancing measures have significantly altered everyday life in America. One result is fewer vehicles on the roads as citizens shelter at home. Unfortunately, it appears that some drivers are taking advantage of emptier roads to drive at speeds over 100 miles per hour (mph), including street racing and other selfish stunts.
According to an article from CBS News, New York City – the eastern epicenter of the pandemic – saw speed camera tickets in March more than double. In the Washington D.C. area, a driver was caught going 111 mph on Interstate 95, typically one of the most congested roads in the country. In Minnesota, traffic deaths have more than doubled. These actions waste critical medical resources.
Most disturbingly, a driver in California was caught going 117 mph without insurance. The prospect of any driver, especially an uninsured driver, being involved in a collision at such high speeds is catastrophic.
As the weather improves, more and more people are leaving their homes to walk, jog and bike as a respite from the monotony of staying home and social distancing. It is therefore even MORE vital now that drivers pay attention and drive within posted speed limits. If you have to go somewhere, please drive safely. After all, what’s the hurry?