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Buckeye banzai

They're all just trying to get to Indiana as fast as they can for our excellent breaded tenderloins:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- State troopers issued 1,416 speeding tickets last year to drivers going more than 100 mph, an offense that Ohio labels a minor misdemeanor and is punishable by a $150 fine.

In Ohio, local judges have leeway to impose court costs and other fines for speeding and reckless operation, another common charge in speeding cases that is also a misdemeanor in Ohio.

Madison County Municipal Court Judge David Picken said he recently ordered a motorcyclist who clocked 167 mph to the maximum punishment the charges warranted - fines totaling $440, a six-month license suspension and a court-ordered driver's safety course. He felt it wasn't enough.

I remember, a long time ago, driving through Ohio on the way to somewhere else. Occasionally on some stretch of road, there would be these signs: "Resume safe speed." What an open-ended invitation. Some people who live there must still be thinking of those days.