Driving too slowly creates traffic jams each day

2014-02-28T00:00:00Z Driving too slowly creates traffic jams each day nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 12:00 am

I am confused. I take U.S. 6 several times a week to commute to Valparaiso. Several times a week, I encounter drivers who average 40 mph or less between Ind. 149 and Ind. 49, although the posted speed limit is 55 mph.

One recent evening at 6 pm, I was behind a driver doing 35 mph along this stretch, with a line of cars flashing their lights and honking their horns to no avail. (Once, earlier this year, I was behind a moped).

Not knowing the speed limit is not an excuse, as they drove past the 55 mph sign at Ind. 149 and the 50 mph sign at Meridian without a change in speed.

If the posted speed limit is 55 mph, and drivers are doing 20 to 30 mph slower, why isn't there enforcement of the speed limit? I know there's usually a squad car just east of Ind. 149, but there's never any attempt to move these drivers along. I'm sure if they were doing 20 to 30 mph over the speed limit, the police would be all over them.

- John Tuomi, Portage

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