BISMARCK — The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Monday, May 4, a jump in speeding between March 15 and April 15.

State troopers issued 38% more citations for driving in excess of 10 mph over the speed limit during the monthlong period this year than in previous years.

The month coincided with business closures and urging by officials to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Sgt. Wade Kadrmas said drivers should take the same precautions they would if the roads were busier.

“Law enforcement is still on patrol making sure all traffic laws are being followed,” Kadrmas said in a news release. “Just because there are fewer people traveling right now does not mean drivers can disobey the law. Drivers should always follow posted speed limits, wear a seat belt, use appropriate child passenger safety seats, and drive sober and distraction-free.”

Nearly a quarter of traffic deaths in 2019 were related to speeding, according to the release.