Speeding convictions more than double statewide
Driving along the Wasatch Front? You might want to ease up on the gas in Provo.
Data from the Utah State Courts shows that Provo's 4th District Courthouse convicted 333.3 percent more speeders in 2012 than it did in 2011.
The data shows that the number of speeding convictions went from 3 in 2011 to 13 in 2012. That was also the time period when Interstate 15 was being reconstructed in Utah County, and speed limits were reduced to 55 mph.
The data only covers the state district court, and does not include local justice courts, which hear the majority of speeding complaints. The data only shows actual convictions and not cases that were dismissed or handled through traffic school.
Statewide, the number of speeding offenses handled in district courts went up 126.2 percent between 2011 and 2012, from 107 to 242.
In terms of actual numbers, Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court reported an increase of 19 speeding convictions, from 26 to 45. Park City's Silver Summit court, also in the 3rd District, had 10 speeding cases in 2012, and none in 2011.
The 3rd District Court in West Jordan reported a reduction in speeding convictions, from eight to five.
The data were compiled by UtahsRight.com for a weekly series in The Salt Lake Tribune's Close-Up section highlighting information gleaned from public databases. The purpose is not to provide analysis of the data, but to provide raw numbers so the public can analyze the data themselves for their own purposes.
UtahsRight.com, the data website for The Salt Lake Tribune, conducts an ongoing statewide quest for district court information and other public information, including salaries of public employees and restaurant inspections, using public records requests made under the state's Government Records Access and Management Act, commonly known as GRAMA.