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Letter: Speed limits versus reality

Re: “First, Let’s see how 70 mph on I-93 goes” (Monitor editorial, Dec. 30):

I could not agree more. As a regular traveler on the Interstate 93 corridor north of Concord, it seems to me that raising the speed limit to 70 mph is one thing; enforcing that limit is quite another. Under state law, speeding violations are subject to incremental fines (1-5 mph above the limit, $65; 6-10 mph, $100; 11-15 mph, $150; 16-20 mph, $250; 21-25 mph, $350; 26-plus mph, must appear in court).

Under such “incremental” logic, it’s only natural for law enforcement to focus on the big payoff offenders and let the 1-15 mph “small change” speeders go sailing by. That just makes the problem worse. Based on my experience at the current limits (especially when traffic is heavy on weekends and holidays), nobody gets more than a warning north of Concord below the first 15 mph over the speed limit, so at 65 mph the effective speed limit is really 75-79 mph. Does that mean that the new 2014 “effective speed limit” is 80-84? How about enforcing the law as it’s written, Officer?

BILL HENNESSEY

Concord

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