Essay on Speed Limits

1813 Words Nov 21st, 2011 8 Pages
Push It to the Limit
Many things cross your mind while you’re traveling down the road. But have you ever wondered why do we have speed limits? Or maybe you do and you’re the grandma driver that everyone is stuck behind in a no passing zone. Everyone has their own speeds so why shouldn’t you be able to go how fast or how slow you wanted to go. Should we strike down every sign that the government has put up to regulate the speed limit in the thousands of highways around the country? And should we trust the driving ability of each and every person to drive within a reasonably safe speed? People automatically assume the speed limits are posted on our highways of our own protection, but are they? The definition of speed limit is the maximum
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Texas is the state with the highest speed limit set at 80 mph on rural highways during the daytime. Montana is the next state with a speed limit of 75 mph. in 1999 the state had a six month honeymoon in which the state had no say in what the speed limit was. St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands is at the other end of the spectrum. Their speed limit is 20 mph in the city and 30 in the country. But when it comes to accident rates you would be better off on the Montana interstate that competing with the islands frantic drivers. Speeds range at different speeds all over the country. In Hawaii the speed limit is 60 while most of the west is 75 mph. Much of the eastern Midwest and the Northeast is set at 65 mph, although Michigan and Indiana chose the 70 mph standard like the south. The speed limits do make much sense though and why they are set the way that they are. The higher speed limits are set where there are less people and the lower speeds are set where there are more people.(Hoffman,2008) According to the Insurance institute for highway safety (2011), speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes, killing nearly 900 Americans every month. In 2009 speed was a contributing factor in about 17 percent of property damage and 22 percent of crashes involving injuries or fatalities. Speed influences the risk of crashes and crash injuries in three basic ways: it increases the distance a vehicle travels from the time a driver detects an emergency to the

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