A new analysis at the Ohio State University has found that with less traffic on the roads during the pandemic Ohio drivers are putting the pedal to the metal.
Ohio State’s CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Analysis) compared traffic data in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus from March 28 to April 19 in 2019 and in 2020. These dates align with Ohio’s stay at home order in 2020.
The results of the CURA analysis showed that average or light speeding was up only slightly but levels of extreme speeding have gone up drastically. CURA researchers believe that the lack of traffic has released a desire to drive fast.
CURA used data from private transportation data company INRIX that showed speeds on segments of major roads and highways among the three cities in question.
The average speeding rate for all three cities one year ago was between 0.8 mph to 1 mph and have increased to between 2.1 and 2.6 mph during the pandemic. CURA noted in some places speeding has become quite extreme. In the west-side of Columbus on a section of I-270 where speeding has averaged between 7 to an astounding 28 mph above the average speed. Areas such these exist in both Cleveland and Cincinnati.