The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer sought out to find out how often extreme speeding happens in North Carolina and whether the COVID-19 pandemic made highways deadlier.
The two found nearly 92% of extreme speeders get breaks in court that allow them to avoid full penalties.
The investigation by the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer in Raleigh found situations where drivers fly 20, 30, even 50 mph over the speed limit have increased dramatically in North Carolina, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Some law enforcement officers have even clocked drivers going nearly 200 mph. Enforcement has been spotty amid the pandemic and overwhelmed courts let speeders off easy, the News & Observer said.
Throughout the investigation, the N&O and Charlotte Observer found:
According to NCDOT data, someone died last year in a speed-related crash every 21 hours in North Carolina.
For more, read the entire News & Observer article here.