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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Increasing Connecticut speed limit to 75 mph a bad idea

I write in reference to the article, "State Lawmaker proposes raising speed limit to 75 mph," from the Feb. 5 New Haven Register where Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez called for increasing the maximum speed limit on state highways to 75 mph and said the current limit is "a joke" and is being ignored. 
I doubt families of those killed on our highways find the current speed limit of 65 mph a joke and would prefer to have it lowered. 
 Her calling for this increase will endanger those on the highways. I-95 is already referred to as the "corridor of death."  Does Rep. Gonzalez believe drivers will not exceed 75 mph? Most casualties result from those exceeding posted speed limits, being under the influence or texting.
Increasing the speed limit from 65 to 75 mph  only encourages those already driving in excess of the current speed limits to drive even faster. She then "wants to increase fines for speeding violations by 15 percent." This does not make sense.
Art Caplan
North Branford


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree- our roads are much too congested- Fix the problem- lax speed enforcement.

February 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we really need is to enforce the rules on our highways. Cars need to stay in the right lane unless they are passing another car. Ticketing people who pass on the right is ludicrous when, in most cases, it's the only way you can get around the oblivious or obstinate people holding traffic up hogging the left lane. Just because you don't want to drive any faster than what makes YOU comfortable, it doesn't make it ok to force other drivers to stay behind you. Someone trying to pass may be in an emergency situation. Why take a chance, be courteous and MOVE OVER.

February 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very naive sentiment. State and federal officials have hard stats that prove that posting speed limits at the 85th percentile speed improves traffic flow and therefore reduces accidents. The 75 zones would probably be used sparingly, on roads with low traffic volumes and where trained ENGINEERS determine that it's actually safe. It's not like you'd see 75 on old sections of I-84 (think Danbury or Waterbury).

March 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM 

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