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Laws against 100 mph speeders weak in Oklahoma

The arrest last week of a man on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City for driving a Ford Mustang at 208 mph brought to mind a 2013 Oklahoman analysis of those cited for driving more than 100 mph.

The analysis found that despite the deadly dangers of traveling so fast, speeding laws and prosecution appear weak in Oklahoma compared with some other states.

The Oklahoman identified the issue of problem speeders after requesting information from the Department of Public Safety on citations issued for driving at least 100 mph on the state's roadways.

The department provided 2,177 such citations issued between Jan. 1, 2010, and Oct. 4, 2012. The analysis then focused on two groups of citations: the 70 issued to drivers for traveling at least 120 mph, and the 50 issued to those who were cited more than once for driving at least 100 mph.

The maximum speed limit in Oklahoma is 75 mph.

A review of the selected cases found a legal system that, in many instances, allowed dangerous drivers to escape with little, if any, penalty.

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Phillip O'Connor

O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently... Read more ›