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Leadfooting it Internationally

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From Martha Hindes
Senior Editor
Michigan Bureau
The Auto Channel

If Americans think that Canadian drivers tend to drive slower than those below the border, they should think again. According to this point raised on the long running Canadian auto racing show Raceline Radio which is broadcast on radio stations across Canada.

Ontario cops have been clocking some drivers going faster than 150 kilometers an hour because of sparse traffic resulting from Covid 19 quarantining. Translated to Miles Per Hour, that's a blazing 93.205679. Not exactly a standstill.

Apparently they're not alone. Numerous police reports throughout the lower 48 show it's a problem as empty highways spawn an invitation to leave caution behind, including Michigan just across the border from Canada.

“We did issue several citations for over 100 mph,” said Michigan State Police Public Information Officer Michael A. Shaw. “All posts around the state are seeing increased speeds on freeways, trunklines and local roads. It’s not just around urban areas but across the state.”

However, the number of crashes and well as fatal crashes have gone down statewide, he added.

Copyright 2020, Martha Hindes, Automotive Bureau