The Minnesota State Patrol reports more drivers reaching 100 miles per hour, and drivers are receiving more tickets when they exceed speed limits.

Minnesota Troopers wrote 232 tickets between April 1 and May 21 for people driving 100 mph or more.

During that same time last year, they wrote only 93 tickets for the same offense.

That's more than double, in fact, it is a 149% increase.

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State highway patrol Lieutenant Gordon Shank says it could be because of the pandemic.

"Something that we saw is the less traffic cause more of an increase in people that were willing to take those risks and drive faster," he said.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol also saw an increase in speeding during the pandemic, writing 38% more citations in March and April.

Lieutenant Shank is asking drivers to report what they see to authorities.

"Call it in. If you can do it in a hands-free mode, you can call that in. While some people may say, I don't want to call 911 for that, you can save a life," he said.

And patrols are ready to crackdown during the usual deadliest days of the year on Minnesota roads.

"We are out there.," Shank said. "You're going to see an increase of workers out there this weekend and all of July."

Minnesota will have increased traffic patrol through the end of July, starting with this holiday weekend for the Fourth of the July.