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Speeding Costs Drivers In Multiple Ways

Reported: May. 23, 2014 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: May. 23, 2014 6:40 PM EDT

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- Millions of people are expected to hit the highways during Memorial Day weekend. Law enforcement officers want to make sure drivers are obeying the speed limit and getting to their destinations safely.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation estimates 146,000 people will drive through the West Virginia Turnpike on Friday, the busiest travel day for the holiday weekend. With an increased number of drivers on the roads this Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officers are out in force looking to crack down on speeders.

Everyone knows driving above the speed limit could result in a hefty ticket. That moving violations ticket can lead to points on your driver's license and an up to 25 percent increase in insurance premium.

Putting the pedal to the metal can also cost speeders more money at the gas pump. According to The Department of Energy, speeding can decrease your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway. Law enforcement officers are urging drivers to just take it slow.

"We can actually watch them slow down by watching the speed element on the radar," Patrolman Derick Coia, with the Charleston Police Department, said. "As they slow down, we can see how fast they were going when we initially saw it."

The average cost of a speeding ticket with court costs is about $150.

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