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Excessive speeding reports increasing in Colorado

Colorado State Patrol is lighting up people on Twitter for speeding. The public shaming made us curious about the statistics.

LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Have you ever been cut off by a driver who is breaking the law and wished there was a police officer watching?

The Colorado State Patrol is offering the next best thing for your schadenfreude feelings: tweets.

The agency has gotten some attention recently posting pictures of excessive speeders to Twitter – the latest is a ticket from Eagle County where a driver was cited going 106 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone.

That kind of speed gets you more than a ticket.

“You are not only going to be facing a judge, but we will be taking you there personally,” said Trooper Josh Lewis, spokesman for CSP.

“You don’t end up going 40 miles over the speed limit by accident. That’s a conscious choice, and frankly, it’s an incredibly dangerous one.”

According to CSP, tickets for excessive speeding in Colorado have increased by 12% year over year. In 2018, troopers wrote 101 tickets for drivers traveling 40 miles per hour or more over the speed limit between Jan. 1 and April 30. During the same time this year, they’ve already issued 113.

Overall, troopers have issued more speeding tickets for lesser infractions too, up 6% year over year.

“Don’t look at the speed limit as a challenge. Look at it to keep yourself safe.”

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