Fewer motorists means more speeding.
“Speed equals death,” said New York State Trooper James O’Callaghan, who spoke with 13WHAM-TV.
The GHSA reports that more drivers are reaching dangerous speeds on highways across the state.
Even on neighborhood streets, the lack of traffic has resulted in some drivers going more than 40 mph over the limit.
“We did get some complaints on the roadways of people going at a high rate of speed – which people in the neighborhood would call in,” said Trooper O’Callaghan. “We would add more patrols.”
“Sometimes, other drivers keep you in check and you kind of go with the traffic flow,” said Elizabeth Carey of AAA Western/Central New York told 13WHAM. “There’s less drivers out there, and there is nothing to control it. You don’t realize how fast you’re going.”
The bottom line: More troopers and police are on the road watching for speeders.