17-Year-Old Caught Driving 120 MPH in Linn County
On Sunday, November 21, the Iowa State Patrol Tweeted:
This 17-year-old driver was stopped driving 120 MPH on US Hwy 30 in Linn County. The driver was not only driving at a high rate of speed but also had 2 minor passengers in the vehicle with them - the youngest being only 9-years-old.
Officials did not release information on what charges the driver faces.
Fortunately, it appears that no one was injured. But that hasn't been the case for 2021 on Iowa roadways. In an article that was shared yesterday, Iowa law officers and safety officials will not meet their goal of holding traffic deaths below 300 this year. As of Monday morning, that number is at 312.
Iowa has not experienced fewer than 300 roadway fatalities in a year since 1925 and speeding continues to be a major issue. Data show citations for traveling more than 25 mph over the speed limit are up 36% over the five-year average. In addition, drivers ticketed for traveling more than 100 mph are also increasing at an alarming rate, up 32 percent over the five-year average, according to DPS Iowa.
November is not a good time to be speeding in Iowa. According to State Farm’s annual study, the risk of a driver hitting a deer in Iowa is 1 in 59, the tenth highest in the nation. In 2020, there was an estimated 445,000 deer within the boundaries of the Hawkeye State.
In 2020, Iowans were involved in 7,276 crashes with animals on roadways, resulting in four fatalities and 25 major injuries.
According to Consumer Reports, Insurance claims for collisions with animals rise significantly in the fall when deer are mating, with November having the highest claim frequency.
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