EDITORIAL: Speed limit increase must consider safety

Speed limit increase must be better enforced to be safe.

The Indiana General Assembly is on the verge of passing legislation that would raise the speed limit on the state's highways.

The House Public Policy Committee is considering a bill that would raise the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on interstates and from 55 mph to 60 mph on four-lane state highways.

Stop and ask yourself, do you drive the speed limit now? It is likely you are driving on average 70-75 mph on the interstates already. Most police officers will admit they each have their own "buffer zone."

"Some officers' buffer zone will decrease," Muncie Police Sgt. Michael Engle told the Star Press. "Instead of pulling people over going 10 mph over the speed limit, some officers will drop their buffer zone to 5 mph."

Raising the speed limits will give motorists the green light to push the threshold of an over-70 mph "buffer zone." Speeds of 80 to 90 mph are ridiculous and extremely unsafe.

Keeping the speed limit where it is will keep the speeds in the "buffer zone" that the proposed limit sets. If the state decides to pass the increase, drivers going over the limit must be policed heavily.


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