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High Speeds on 240

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RICHLAND, Wash. --A traffic alert about one of the most popular stretches of highway in the state for speeding and it's right here in the Tri-Cities.

The latest Department of Transportation speed study says that the new part of 240 leads the state for highest average speed, with 81% of people travelling at or above the 60 mile per hour speed limit.

Construction barrels and signs use to be all over 240, which not only slowed people down but kept troopers off the highway. Now, though with most of the construction gone, people's speed has picked up but so has the number of troopers giving out tickets.

Wednesday, it didn't take troopers long to find people going over the speed limit. And they say it isn't unusual to find someone going 20 or 30 over.

In the three months of the study, troopers say over 15,000 people were recorded going over 90. But, people we talked to say the amount of time you save by driving a few over is not worth the cost of a ticket. They say you should relax and just enjoy the ride.

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