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Hitting triple digits: Iowa State Patrol warns of dangerous speeding levels

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, troopers are seeing speeds they call "absolutely alarming."

DES MOINES, Iowa — Closed businesses and less travelers on the road aren't stopping some from driving at dangerously high speeds.

The Iowa State Highway Patrol tells Local 5 that troopers are stopping drivers going triple-digit speeds.

In April 2020, troopers issued 142 citations for travelers driving 100+ mph.

"Some of the speeds we've seen is absolutely alarming," Sgt. Alex Dinkla explains. "Last month, some of our top speeds were 150 miles an hour, 148, 141."

For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast. Troopers are warning drivers to go the speed limit this holiday weekend.

"One of the main excuses was they didn't think the officers and state troopers weren't out there working," Sgt. Dinkla says.

As a reminder to all drivers: A trooper's office is the road.

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