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OSHP: Fewer speeding tickets with speed limit increase

OSHP conducting a traffic stop. OSHP conducting a traffic stop.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The speed limit has increased on many interstates, and Ohio State Highway Patrol says they've been handing out fewer speeding tickets.

The limit has increased to 70 miles per hour on many interstates, and some people think that might mean more speeders, but OSHP has found the opposite.

The number of tickets issued at the Bowling Green OSHP post from July through September of this year is down one percent compared to last year. Patrolmen say that's a difference of about 30 tickets, and while that's not a dramatic decrease, they say they've seen a difference in speeding.

"I can tell you from myself working out there on the interstate, it's a little tougher to find people speeding now," said Lt. Jerrod Savidge.

Many people, including the patrolmen, say they were worried about speeders when the limit was increased.

"That surprises me," Briana Bauer said of the decrease in tickets. "I think they should be handing out more because people would be going faster."

One number that has increased from last year is the number of people getting arrested for driving under the influence.

"Those arrests are actually up 49 percent for the same time period," Lt. Savidge said.

Patrolmen say they don't think people are driving slower, the speed limit increase just caught up to the flow of traffic.

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