Speeding Incidents Are on the Rise

Florida Is Experiencing an Increase in Super Speeder Violations

Health officials have instructed families across the nation to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. Floridians have respected these directions, leaving once bustling roadways nearly vacant. The absence of traffic, while resulting in an overall decline in tickets issued, has paved the way for a significant rise in cases of speeding.

These violations are more than just heavy-footed driving around 10 mph over the speed limit. Rather, drivers are reaching aggressive speeds. Lieutenant Kim Montes, who is the public affairs officer for the Florida Highway Patrol in Orlando, started a file of triple-digit speeding citations. The worst offense was that of a 29-year-old who was travelling on State Road 417. The man was recorded going 156 mph in a 70 mph zone. The file included records of at least two dozen more drivers as of May 2020.

The problem is apparent nationwide. The Miami Herald reported similar trends in other large cities immediately following lockdown orders:

  • New York City automated speeding cameras issued almost twice as many tickets on March 27, 2020 (24,675) compared to February 27, 2020 (12,672)
  • California issued 87% more tickets for speeding in excess of 100 mph since stay-at-home orders were implemented on March 19

These super speeder offenses are not without consequences. Those caught going 50 miles over the speed limit are subject to a minimum fine of $1,000. If it’s their second charge, they face a minimum $2,500 fine.

If you’ve received a traffic ticket, you have the right to fight the charges. Contact me today to discuss your case. With over 30 years of experience in criminal defense and a background as a prosecuting attorney, I have a comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to fight the fine. Call me at (305) 330-1976 to get started with a free case evaluation.