Drivers get ticketed for going over 100 m.p.h. more than you think

A state trooper used a radar gun to monitor vehicle speeds on Route 128 this summer.
George Rizer/Globe Staff
A state trooper used a radar gun to monitor vehicle speeds on Route 128 this summer.

Fox News host and former public prosecutor Jeanine Pirro was ticketed for driving 119 miles per hour in a 65-mile-per-hour zone in upstate New York on Sunday. It turns out she has plenty of company.

The number of drivers who get caught at triple-digit speeds might be higher than you think.

In Massachusetts, police write roughly 850 violations a year, on average, to drivers for traveling 100 miles per hour or faster, well above the state’s maximum allowed speed of 65 miles per hour, according to state data on all traffic citations issued between 2010 and 2015.


But overall, such high-speed violations are rare. They account for less than 0.5 percent of speeding violations issued annually.

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And in case you’re wondering, it’s not clear what the fastest speed was among drivers ticketed between 2010 and 2015.

That’s because several dozen violations topping the list in the state’s data show speeds so excessive they appear to be the result of typos. Police in Massachusetts handwrite violations on paper forms, copies of which are later entered manually into the statewide database.

It’s unlikely that someone was actually driving 990 miles per hour, as was listed as the highest speed in the state’s data, though that would be a quite a sight.

Todd Wallack of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Matt Rocheleau can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @mrochele