Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 |
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Have you ever been driving down one of the roads here on Kaua’i and realized
you were going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone? It’s easy to drift up over the speed
limit because it feels as if the road can handle the speed even if you were
going faster than that.
So, why shouldn’t these ridiculous speed limits be
raised if this is true?
Is it a safety issue? Even with the speed limits as
they are now, there are still people that go 20-40 mph over them. These people
will go this speed no matter what anyone tells them.
Personally, I think
it is safer to have these people driving legally rather than almost getting
into an accident because they are tailgating and passing like maniacs.
what about the pedestrians and bikers?, you ask. What difference does it make
to a pedestrian if a car drives by at 40 mph vs. 60 mph?
As of now, there
is an unreasonable amount of traffic on this island, which is partly caused by
the slow speed limits. Another reason is that there aren’t enough lanes to keep
traffic moving freely, but if the traffic was allowed to go faster, many of the
jams we find ourselves in would be eliminated.
There are few, if any,
arguments against raising the speed limits. Driving to some place on the island
would be much less of a hassle and less time consuming.
One last thing to
consider: What will the salary difference be for KPD if the speed limits are
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