The Virginia State Police pulled over a Norfolk driver who was going 152 mph in a 55 mph zone over the weekend.
The unnamed driver was on Interstate 64 when they put the pedal to the metal. The person has been charged with reckless driving by speed, a Class I misdemeanor, according to Michelle Anaya, a state police spokesperson.
The driver was issued a summons to appear in court in October.
Just b/c🌡temps are ↗️does not mean speeds should be, too! A #VSP trooper cited this driver in #norfolkva on I-64 for 152 mph in a posted 55 mph! 515 lives lost to traffic crashes in #Virginia this year so far-many b/c of excessive speed. #SlowYourSpeed #drive2savelives pic.twitter.com/G7tWfmhXnZ— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) August 8, 2022
Anaya said last month that speeding has become more prevalent since the pandemic, along with other aggressive behavior by drivers.
“It is very common now for troopers to pull people over for speeding in triple digits,” Anaya said as she spoke about a series of violent incidents on local highways. “In the past, every once in a while, you’d get someone speeding over 100. Now, it’s three to four tickets a day for someone speeding between 100 and 130.”
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