Letter: 75 mph? Why not 85?
Does anyone else find it, at best, a frivolous initiative to raise the New Hampshire highway speed limits? Why bother?
Sen. Andy Sanborn has said that because people travel 70 mph anyway, the limits should be raised from 65 to 75 mph. I guess he avoids Interstates 93 and 89. Drivers who actually do drive 70 mph are in a minority and often left in the dust by far more drivers going 80-85 mph without getting pulled over. Maybe he should really shoot for an 85 mph limit because so many already drive 80 mph.
Sanborn also claims that vehicles are built safer. They may come with more air bags, but safer?
A vehicle is only as safe as its operator. With cell phone use and texting, I don’t exactly recognize a trend in the overall population of drivers getting any smarter or more responsible. Aren’t the supporters of this bill the teeny-weeniest bit concerned about fossil fuel dependence, or is it just the other 49 states?
If your vehicle doesn’t get good mileage and you’re not willing to keep your speed down closer to where Sanborn claims most people drive, then quit complaining about prices at the pump. If the speed limit for New Hampshire highways is raised, I do have one suggestion. When the old 65 mph signs come down, maybe he can use some to replace the 40 mph signs at the end of I-89. After all, most people drive 65 mph through there anyway.