How fast is too fast? The most common speeding ticket triggers in Ohio
MOUNT GILEAD, Oh. -- How fast can you go before getting a speeding ticket? In theory, it’s anything over the speed limit. ABC 6 looked through more than 300,000 thousand speeding tickets written in 2016 by troopers across the state of Ohio to find the answer.
Plenty of drivers think they can speed up to 9 miles per hour over the speed limit and not get a ticket. Which is sometimes referred to as the “9 you’re fine,10 you’re mine” rule. But stats indicate that’s not necessarily true.
Along Interstate 71 in Morrow county, drivers keep Sgt. Troy Sexton and his post busy to say the least. The excuses among some speeders are endless. The number one excuse, “I’m running late.”
“Their lack of planning doesn’t constitute my emergency. So, I need you to leave early and plan ahead,” said Sgt. Sexton.
Many drivers across Ohio thinking they have a speeding “grace period” so to speak. An unwritten rule allowing them to drive 10 miles per hour over the limit. Sexton told us, think again.
“Anybody that that considers or assumes that they can go over the speed limit is wrong,” said Sexton.
ABC 6 went through millions of pieces of data, calculating every speeding ticket issued by the highway patrol last year across Ohio. In Franklin, Morrow, Ashland and Delaware counties alone there were 8,453 tickets written last year. The stats indicate that “speed trigger” tends to be 15 miles-per-hour over the speed limit. That means most tickets are issued for going 85 in a 70, or 80 in a 65, or 70 in a 55. But Sexton told ABC 6, drivers should not think that gives you free rein to test the limits.
“I myself and of course my guys have checked people anywhere from 70, which is the speed limit to 100, 110 plus on I-71. It can get pretty ridiculous and that’s how people die,” said Sexton.
Keep in mind more than 1,200 speeding tickets written in Ohio were for driving 8 miles per hour or less over the posted 70 mile-per-hour limit. The list includes tickets for speeds of 76, 75 even 71. Sexton told ABC 6 that speeding is speeding. He said that he as seen far too many fatal wrecks. All thanks to drivers with a lead foot.
“We all think in our own minds that it can’t happen to us, it will and it has,” said Sexton.
Although the numbers indicate the vast majority of speeding tickets issued by troopers are for speeds much faster than what you may think, Sexton told ABC 6, it’s important to remember it’s always up to the trooper to decide if they’re going to pull you over and send you off with that ticket.