Faster, not slower

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:17 p.m.
A Jan. 6 letter stated that national and state speed limits should be lowered to 60 mph, which the writer called a reasonable number. He said it would lower gas consumption and tire wear and save lives.
I am all for saving lives, but the writer's estimation of 60 mph as "reasonable" is jaw-dropping.
Distracted drivers are what kill folks on the highway. People holding cell phone conversations, eating, yelling at kids in the back seat and rubbernecking are what cause highway death and injury. Not to mention drunk, sleepy, and just plain bad drivers.
If anything, the speed limit should be raised. Let's face it, 70 mph is just too slow that even FHP exceeds it. So why should officers waste their time stopping someone else driving those speeds?
A better idea would be to raise the speed limit to reflect this common speed of drivers. The safety of drivers will always be each individual driver's responsibility. If 85 m.p.h. is too fast for some, those drivers can elect to stay in the right lane and travel at speeds with which they are comfortable.
Let's not defeat the purpose of interstate travel. The majority of people on the highway are good drivers who are trying to get from point A to point B in a timely manner.
Of course, the idea of lowering the speed limit sounds safe and caring, but it would be far braver for Jeb Bush to increase the speed limit and acknowledge reality.
S. D. Reese, Gainesville

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