Sunday, November 12, 2000

Speeders on I-71/75 are easy pickings

Officer gets them within seconds

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Kenton County Police Officer Steve Amorese is so confident he'll catch speeders through Northern Kentucky, he can prewrite most of the ticket before he sets up his laser gun.

        “The average speed on I-75 is 75,” Officer Amorese said only half in jest during an October speeding detail along Interstate 71/75 north of I-275. “You want to catch someone, it's not hard. It's not like we have to put up a speed trap.”

        During this two-hour stint, Officer Amorese wrote five speeding citations, a number that would have been higher had he not had to escort a pedestrian off the highway.

[photo] Kenton County Officer Steven Amorese tickets a motorist clocked at 72 mph on northbound I-71/75 in Fort Mitchell.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        All five citations were for more than 70 mph, including two at 77 mph. (The speed limit is 55 through most of Northern Kentucky on the highway).

        None was for more than 80 mph, which brings a mandatory court appearance in Kentucky. But Officer Amorese said those aren't hard to find, either.

        “You get those early in the morning or later in the evening,” he said. “People don't realize how dangerous it can still be on this road, even after the construction. You come up over a hill and see stopped traffic, and you don't have time to react.”

        Along with Covington, the Kenton County Police is the only department to routinely patrol the interstate between I-275 and the Ohio River.

        Local jurisdictions, however, are responsible for responding to accidents on the interstate, which are up over the past six years.

        On four of his five stops, Officer Amorese waited less than 60 seconds to nab a speeder after setting up. The other offender was caught 90 seconds after he set up, and that speeder was doing 71 mph coming up the steep hill through Covington.

        All five were cars, and four had Ohio license plates.

        “It's like they don't know it's 55 mph through here ... like we've got an open license to speed over here in Kentucky,” Officer Amorese said.

        It's rare to catch a tractor-trailer, Officer Amorese said, although he knows trucks routinely speed through.

        “They're hard,” Officer Amorese said. “One sees you setting up, and they get on the CB radio, and they all know it.”

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