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June 20, 2013

State police see more extreme speeding cases

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In Epping, there has been a problem with drag racing on Route 101. Ramps are sometimes blocked off by the drag racers, he said.

“We’re seeing speeds — unfortunately — increasing,” he said. “They push the limit and then double-push the limit. ... I don’t know why people are driving at these outrageous speeds.”

One person who pushed the limit, police said, was 34-year-old Cornelius Stanley of Lawrence. On June 10, Stanley was killed when he crashed his Ford F-150 pickup on I-93 in Salem.

Although state police have not said how fast Stanley was traveling, they said speed was certainly a factor in the crash. Witnesses reported he was also weaving in and out of traffic before the pickup struck a guardrail in the median and rolled over several times.

Another driver who pushed the limit was Alan Monas of Nashua, LeLacheur said.

Monas, 26, was killed when his motorcycle crashed in March on an Interstate 93 off-ramp in Manchester. Shortly before the crash, Monas was ticketed for traveling 86 mph on the F.E. Everett Turnpike, he said.

So far this year, 48 people have been killed in crashes on New Hampshire roads. Last year, there were 108 fatalities following 90 in 2011.

LeLacheur said state police don’t know why there has been such an increase in speeding cases, though designs that create faster, smoother-riding vehicles is definitely a factor.

“I think the equipment has gotten much better,” he said. “Everything is fuel-injected and turbo,” he said.

More people are buying high-powered motorcycles even though they may lack the experience to drive them, he said.

Last year, there was nearly a 4 percent increase in the number of motorcycles registered in New Hampshire, according to state Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Jim Van Dongen.

When speeders are stopped, they are usually cooperative, LeLacheur said.

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