DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — The number of drivers caught speeding at more than 100 mph in Iowa has doubled in the past five years, according to a new report from the Iowa State Patrol.
In 2017, Iowa State Patrol troopers caught 19 people speeding at more than 130 mph.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig told KCCI-TV, "It's alarming to see cars out there going that fast."
Ludwig said last year, the State Patrol stopped more than 2,700 drivers for speeding at more than 25 mph over the speed limit. That's double the number from 2013, which was 1,390 drivers.
Even more startling, he said, there were 797 drivers doing more than 100 mph last year. That's more than double the 342 drivers in 2013.
Most of the time, people speed because they are running late, Ludwig said. The patrol has started to post the speeders on its Facebook page. But the problem is how to stop speeders.
"You can change people's habits with enforcement and education, so we are trying to do those things," Ludwig said. But enforcement means more patrols.
"If you see a cop, what you are going to do is slow down, put your phone down or put your seat belt on," Ludwig said. "Just seeing police officers on the road, that's going to make people slow down."
The fastest driver the State Patrol stopped last year was going 151 mph.