California has seen an 87 percent rise in citations issued for speeding in excess of 100 mph during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increase coincides with an average decline in traffic volume on state roads of approximately 35 percent compared to this time last year, according to Caltrans.

From March 19, when the state’s stay-at-home order began, to April 19, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports issuing 2,493 citations statewide compared to 1,335 during the same period last year.

Now Caltrans has announced a joint effort with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to urge drivers in the state to slow down.

“Excessive speed and unsafe driving threaten everyone using our highway system,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin.

“Viewing less congested roads as an invitation to drive dangerously jeopardizes the safety of construction and maintenance crews who are working to maintain reliable access to our highways when people need it most.”