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Traveling 154 Feet Per Second Will Get You Arrested! Says Livingston County Sheriff

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Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox shared this press release.

August 05, 2021 about noon a deputy was transporting 3 detainees in a patrol vehicle on U.S. 36 traveling to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. The deputy was still in Livingston County and was passed by a vehicle with Arizona license plates traveling 105 miles per hour in a 65. The deputy engaged lights in attempt to alert the driver and requested dispatch send another officer in that direction. MoDOT happened to be west of this location and the suspect vehicle actually stopped for MoDOT.

The second deputy investigated the incident and arrested the driver, Scott Ryan Ottersen, 39, Plainfield, Illinois for the excessive speed of 105 in a 65. Mr. Ottersen posted bond at the Law Enforcement Center and was released with a mandatory court appearance on September 22, 2021.

Having a driver’s license does not permit anyone to intentionally risk the lives of everyone on and around the roadways. Consider when you are driving 65 miles per hour your velocity is 95.33 feet per second. When someone is driving 105 miles per hour that velocity is much more dangerous 154 feet per second. A football field is 300 feet long.

U.S. 36 has only seemed to get worse for serious violations in our area. Talk with your family, friends, and especially inexperienced drivers about this. Be informed and stay safe.


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