Let me ask all of you, where did the speed limit numbers come from? Was it divine intervention? Did God himself set those speed limits? Of course not. But where then did they come from? And why are those numbers the optimum speed at which going faster than that number makes you unsafe?
If you start researching the subject of speed limits, and reading through some of the myriad studies done over the years, you will come to understand that the current speed limits on most roads flies in the face of prudent human behavior. People generally do not speed because they are in a hurry, they do so because that is what their experience, skills and judgement tells them is a speed that balances safety and the value of their time.
When a road has a speed limit that is set so low that the vast majority of motorists exceed it, it is not because all those motorists are wrong. It is because the limit is set too low.
The proper way to set a speed limit is to do a traffic study. Record the speed of vehicles traveling over a certain section of road for a period of time. Plug all those numbers into a spreadsheet and determine at what speed 85% of the vehicles are traveling at. That number rounded to the nearest 5 mph should be the new posted speed limit. The way govt. does it is to pick some arbitrary number out of their rear end and slap it on a sign, regardless of what the drivers out there are actually saying through their actions.
According to the Solomon Curve, the dangerous drivers are not those at the 85th percentile, it is those traveling above and those traveling way below. So if on I-680 the 85th percentile is 60 mph, that is actually the safest speed at which to drive while those at 50 mph are creating a traffic hazard nearly as great as those going 70 are creating.
This is all backed up by science.
August 29, 2015 at 9:25 p.m.
I do a lot of driving, and everywhere I go the flow of traffic is at least 10 mph above the posted speed limit. When the vast majority of motorists on a particular road is going above the limit, logic suggests that the limit is too low. Furthermore, about 99% of the traffic driving at those higher speeds do so safely. About 1% of the traffic or less are involved in accidents and usually the cause is an inattentive or drunk driver or some sort of unexpected maneuver by another vehicle.
50 MPH on I-680 in certain areas is way to low. In other areas it is right. And that changes depending upon the amount of traffic, time of day and the weather. Arbitrary speed limits are helpful to no one, except for the police who take advantage of a situation in which speed limits are set so low that they practically force people to disobey them. Contrary to popular belief, driving above the speed limit is generally not an unsafe act.
August 28, 2015 at 10:11 p.m.
All of this time and expense wasted over govt. sticking their noses onto private property. Everyone involved has better things they could be doing with their time.
August 1, 2015 at 9:21 a.m.
WFMJ and the Jambar covered it in April.
July 19, 2015 at 8:26 p.m.
Sounds like the mayor tied to work with council, but council sat on their rears and did nothing. City Council, you actually have to take seriously the running of the city!
July 11, 2015 at 9:06 a.m.
Voting no on taxes and levies is partly the blame for this situation. If the public would just come to the realization that local government does not run for free, then they could get these projects done.
Instead, residents decided to "punish" politicians by witholding money, then these same voters are upset when the potholes are not filled and the sewage is flowing down Mill creek. Do the residents ever make the connection that they are actually punishing themselves?
146 million dollars just isn't available immediately. That number is about equal to the city's entire yearly budget. Let that sink in if you can comprehend facts. That money has to be raised through sewer assessments, and unless you live under a rock I am sure that you see that most of the people living in the city aren't exactly wealthy and able to pay an additional $500 a month to speed up the process.
We just had some unusually heavy rains that caused a temporary problem. Get over it. Things will correct themselves in time.
July 11, 2015 at 8:40 a.m.
“Our justice system was based on the understanding that if you commit a crime, you do your time, you pay for it,” Soldan said. “I don’t think it’s built in that people just need to suffer indefinitely for it. The more people we can put back to work, the better.”
Could we please apply this to sex offenders too? How can those convicted of a sex crime return to society if they are branded, listed on a website and forced to live in the seedy side of town? They have no choice but to go back to crime.
May 11, 2015 at 3:16 p.m.
I could see this coming from nanny state democrats, but for a republican to be proposing this legislation is disturbing.
May 6, 2015 at 8:09 a.m.
Those tax money paid vs. received stats are misleading. It assumes that all states are equal with the same wealth distribution. But as has already been mentioned, blue states generally have large urban areas, and urban areas are where the wealthy like to live. And the wealthy also pay much more income tax. So yes, Oklahoma with its ranchers and oil workers is not going to pay as much in income tax as Illinois with its Chicago businessmen and wealthy families.
Just one 1%er can out weigh tens of thousands of middle class people when it comes to tax burden. And how many of the elites want to live in "flyover country"?
April 14, 2015 at 8:51 a.m.
So we have one camp that is always complaining that our nation's infrastructure is failing and we don't invest enough in it. Then here is the other camp who complains about construction work.
Nobody will ever be happy.
March 19, 2015 at 10:18 a.m.