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CHP: Butte Co. drivers 'have been good' not speeding during stay-at-home order

It seems many Californians are taking advantage of the stay-at-home orders and resulting emptier roads in a way they shouldn't.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 7:27 AM
Updated: Apr 28, 2020 8:07 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - It seems many Californians are taking advantage of the stay-at-home orders and resulting emptier roads in a way they shouldn't.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that from March 19 to April 19, officers handed out almost 25-hundred tickets to drivers going over 100 miles per hour.

But officers say drivers in Butte County seem to be following the law.

Butte County is part of the valley division which goes all the way to the Bay Area.

CHP officer Ben Draper works out of Oroville.

He tells Action News Now the division - as a whole - has issued 100 more tickets this year from March 19 to April 19 than the same time frame last year.

But draper says drivers in Butte County are doing better.

"In Butte County, we're fortunate to have kind of a small more compact area," Draper said adding that "because of that, we don't see a huge influx so we haven't seen a huge influx of speed. People have been good up here."

Draper says people should follow the rules as normal - even when we start reopening.

Draper says one of the most troublesome spots in his division is the Highway 70 - 149 interchange.

Cal Trans says the number of people on the roads has dropped 35 percent compared to this time last year.

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