Is speed limit outdated for many busy roads?

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z Is speed limit outdated for many busy roads? nwitimes.com
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Is discretionary driving good driving? A number of large busy roads have a 35 mph speed limit. During rush hour traffic you're lucky to go 30 mph on these roads, let alone the time it takes to get through a traffic light with backed up traffic. When traffic is moving freely, the usual speed on some major roads can run 45 to 50 mph.

Most of the day I catch myself going with traffic rather than watching my speed. I'd rather watch for other vehicles, and go with the flow of traffic, than watch my speed.

Often a driver doing the speed limit in busy traffic can obstruct the free flow of traffic. That can be a hazard by causing people to move into passing traffic.

I try to watch my speed, but most people, most of the time, go well over the speed limit. Is it us, is it a speed trap, or is the speed limit on some major roads outdated for today's traffic on these busy roads?

- Barry L. Emigh, Merrillville

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