High speeds, youth prove to be lethal mix

Analysis by The Oklahoman shows a majority of 100 mph tickets go to those under age 25
by Phillip O'Connor Published: February 18, 2013

Cason said he teaches students that speeding, driving distracted and being careless behind the wheel are all life-threatening decisions.

“We have such an uninformed and uneducated driving force out there,” he said.

The youngest speeder in the records reviewed by The Oklahoman was a 15-year-old Pauls Valley girl who was ticketed for driving 100 mph in March 2011. She pleaded no contest and paid a $135 fine and court costs. The average age of the 100 mph speeders was 28.3 years. The oldest speeder was 85.

Education

Cason said a possible solution to the issue of problem speeders might include mandatory driver's education classes for new drivers, competency reviews for current drivers and court-ordered driving classes for bad drivers.

“I don't care how much you want to spank the people with tickets or minor jail time, what's important is to educate the people about the consequences of their decisions,” he said.

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by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
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...
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