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Officer posts message to Ohio teen ticketed for speeding

Posted: 6:33 AM, Dec 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-17 07:33:37-05

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A police officer in a Cleveland suburb posted a message on social media after ticketing an 18-year-old for driving 100 mph (161 kph) in a 65 mph (105 kph) zone.

The officer wrote on Facebook Sunday that he didn't feel bad about writing the ticket because the teen needs to slow down before causing a fatal crash.

The officer says the reckless teen driver "seemed like a really nice kid who made a bad decision."

The officer posted a photo of the ticket that went viral for its powerful caption.

"I don’t KNOW your parents, but I know them. I know that when you leave every day they say 'Be careful. Drive safe.' Those aren’t just words. That is the very last act of them pleading with you to come home safe," said the officer.