Environmental

Raising the Speed Limit to 75 Is Ludicrous; Lower It to 55

My God! Rick Scott did something right.

Florida's governor announced yesterday he will veto a bill, approved by the state Senate and House, that would raise the speed limit on much oft the state's highway system.

Though law enforcement mostly supported the plan -- Scott proposed the veto after attending the funeral of a state trooper -- support wasn't unanimous. The Sun-Sentinel editorial board suggested that road planners ought to have the chance to consider it.

But hey, a guy named Tim Castleman of the Drive 55 Conservation Project contends a driver would save only ten minutes going 80 miles per hour instead of 55 on a 30-mile trip in the average car, but would spend $3.20 more for gas.

Check out his video:

Indeed, Sen. John Warner of Virginia suggested reinstating a federal speed limit a few years ago. And a Rasmussen poll shows 33 percent of voters would support reducing the limit to 55, as was done in the 1970s.

Hell, in Miami, some motorists already drive that slowly anyway.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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