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Americas Need For Speed Lets Make It Safe Everyone has been there you are driving down a four lane interstate highway miles from the nearest community where you could easily cruise at speeds of seventy-five or even eighty miles per hour which you feel is reasonable But you are unable to do this because the speed limit is only sixty-five or maybe even fifty-five and you are afraid of receiving a ticket The same situation occurs on two-lane semi residential roads where the speed limit is only twenty-five or thirty-five miles per hour In both situations some drivers agree to obey the speed limit while others consistently drive at comfortable speeds for them which usually results in going ten to twenty miles per hour over the posted speed limit Lets face it most of us dont want to be bothered by constantly checking and regulating our speed and also by obeying speed limits which are unreasonably low when we have places to go and need to get there The question that needs to be posed is How can we properly adjust the speed limits It should definitely be a question answered by the individual states themselves The roadways in different states are so diverse Some have miles and miles of straight and level stretches while others have mainly hilly and windy roads Also the citizens of different states have different driving habits There are some where drivers just naturally drive very fast The existing speed limits encourage this kind of gap in speeds which results in increased accidents States should be able to increase their limits or keep them the same or only change their limits on some of the roads This is where the simplest but most brilliant plan comes in The limit should be posted at the speed that eighty-five percent of traffic is traveling Palmaffy pg 11 when measured under ideal conditions Engineers claim that this eighty fifth percentile speed
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