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Old 06-27-11, 08:27 PM
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John E
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California state law prevents cities from enforcing sensible speed limits. As recently liberalized, it goes something like this: 1) City must do periodic speed surveys. 2) The 85th percentile speed is rounded upward to the nearest 5mph increment. Since some folks will drive as fast as they legally can, and since exceeding the speed limit by a few mph almost never triggers a citation, we end up with speed creep. If one driver out of every 6 drives 32mph in a 30mph zone, the street gets reposted to 35. Now if one driver out of every 6 drives 37, the limit gets reposted to 40, etc. Speed kills by reducing available reaction time and by increasing the severity of collisions.
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