MEDINA COUNTY -- Drivers are taking advantage of the 5 mph speed limit increase on rural highways in Ohio.
Five weeks after the changes took effect on 570 miles of roadway, troopers are still writing tickets for drivers going too fast.
"Excessive speed is a crash-causing violation. It seems the faster people are going, when speeds increase and they crash, the chances of someone getting hurt or killed definitely increases as well," said Lt. Bill Haymaker.
The State Highway Patrol is enforcing the limit in any event of driving that could cause a crash.
"We have seen traffic speeds increase. There's always going to be those people that exceed the speed limit, and our troopers are taking enforcement on those that do exceed," Haymaker said.
Year to date, the Highway Patrol has made 4,912 enforcement contacts, compared to 4,894 in all of 2012.