Deadly speed

Thursday, December 4, 2003

The (Independence) Examiner

Since the mid-1990s, Missouri and other states have raised their speed limits. As predicted, people are now dead because of higher speed limits. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that just in Missouri and the 11 other states that raised speed limits to 70 mph on many highways, more than 1,000 people have died above and beyond the number who would have died in traffic accidents under the speed limits. ...

Drivers violate lower speed limits. The evidence also says they violate higher speed limits by an even larger margin. The police don't have the resources to enforce the law, and not only is there no political will to improve on that, there is a political will to keep looking the other way. It's shameful -- and deadly.

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