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Manolo1

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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 2:54:46 PM

The current political rage of “Public Private Partnerships” has shown it’s underbelly in the transportation sector through the cancer of ticket camera installations, privatized parking meters, and toll roads. The potential for corruption and citizen abuse reaches new heights when governmental power is merged with corporate profit motivations. Controlling and mitigating forces like legitimate regulation and fair competition are rendered impotent when governments go on the hunt for profits.

Read more at motorists.org.

[Edited by: CC at 9/20/2012 4:37:39 PM EST]
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Manolo1
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California: The traffic ticket racket and its erosive effect on community policing
I fought the law and the law didn’t show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day… sort of.
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Manolo1
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Florida: Bill to raise speed limit advances
The House Economic Affairs Committee on Friday voted 12-4 to approve a measure (HB 761) that could push speeds on some state highways from 70 mph to 75 mph. The measure, which now heads to the House floor, directs the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have at least four lanes.
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Colorado: Bill to ban traffic cameras advances
Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to ban red-light and photo radar cameras, but they’re facing strong opposition from local governments and police. A Senate committee approved the measure on a bipartisan 3-2 vote Monday, referring it for a full debate in the chamber later.
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I have mixed feeling on this issue.......
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Manolo1
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Maryland General Assembly Gives Up On Speed Camera Reform
With high-profile problems plaguing Maryland’s speed cameras over the past few months, critics of the program assumed lawmakers would have no choice but to adopt reforms this year. Over 70,000 innocent motorists were found to have received speeding tickets in Baltimore after an audit of the tickets revealed those accused were not actually speeding. Instead of tightening standards, the General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to legislation that codifies the existing practices of speed camera companies and localities. The Maryland Drivers Alliance is calling the effort a reform in name only.
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It is all about the money.
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Manolo1
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Florida: Bill to raise speed limit advances
April 14, 2014
The House Economic Affairs Committee on Friday voted 12-4 to approve a measure (HB 761) that could push speeds on some state highways from 70 mph to 75 mph. The measure, which now heads to the House floor, directs the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have at least four lanes.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:20:09 PM

Washington D.C.: Mayor Vincent Gray proposes more speed cameras to balance budget
More roadside speed cameras could be in Washington D.C.’s future as Mayor Vincent Gray’s new budget calls for the city to collect an additional $50 million in speeding fines over the coming year. One council member called it “gotcha” government.
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Manolo1
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Tennessee: Legislators pass bill aimed at stopping small-town speed trap
Small towns can be notorious for speed traps. And when their jurisdictions covers a slice of interstate, it can be a gold mine. In Cornersville, TN, when officers are not at headquarters filling out paperwork, you can often find them on Interstate 65, looking for speeders and other traffic violators.
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Manolo1
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New York: Lawmakers scramble to revive speed-camera plan
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo refused to grant state legislators permission Monday night to rush through a bill to install 125 school-zone speed cameras on Long Island — potentially creating a big hole in Nassau County’s finances. Nassau County is counting on revenue generated by speeding infractions to help seal labor contracts.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:59:43 AM

Australia: Territory Auditor Blasts ACT Speed Cameras
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has issued 721,802 speed camera tickets worth $106 million for the state government since 1999, yet a performance audit released Thursday questioned whether the ticketing operation involving 39 mobile and fixed photo enforcement cameras has any relation to improved safety.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:41:28 AM

The UK took speed camera revenue away from local governments. Cameras looked dead as local authorities refused to spend their own money on enforcement.

They’re not quite dead yet. Police copied an American revenue innovation: traffic school. Now cameras are funded by payments to police departments to keep camera tickets off your record. With enough low level speeding tickets cameras can be profitable again.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 2:05:32 PM

Louisiana House Committee Approves Automated Freeway Speed Traps
Louisiana lawmakers took on speed traps, both of the conventional and automated variety, on Monday. The state House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee unanimously approved two measures, one that would discourage small town police officers from hiding behind bushes with radar or laser guns, and another that would authorize the use of speed cameras in freeway “construction zones.”
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 12:33:56 PM

Louisiana: Bills target speed traps for regulation in city governments
Two bills will go before a committee to determine how municipal governments handle drivers who speed. Some Louisiana lawmakers are hoping to put the brakes on speed traps in the state.
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Manolo1
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Massachusetts: Safe at any speed?
Motorists driving 70 miles per hour on some major highways could soon find themselves in line with state law, if Massachusetts legislators approve a new bill aimed at raising the speed limit. “Since the repeal of the 55-mile-per-hour maximum speed limit, we’ve seen most states have raised their highway speed limits,” said John Bowman, spokesman for the National Motorists Association (NMA). “Sixty-five is sort of the lower end of the range now.”
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:25:57 AM

is this Constitutional?

Texas Judge Blocks Red-Light Camera Vote In Cleveland
Lawyers for American Traffic Solutions (ATS) told a Texas judge that voters in the city of Cleveland should have no say in whether red-light cameras are used in their community. Last week, Judge Carroll Wilborn Jr agreed, giving the Arizona-based photo ticketing firm the injunction it sought keeping voters from seeing a camera ban on the May ballot.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:25:11 AM

France, Spain, UK: Traffic Cameras Trashed
In Lanhellen, France, vigilantes burned a speed camera last week Saturday. Ouest France reported that a half-dozen burning tires were placed around the automated ticketing machine on the RN164. In the same region, another camera had been burned on the RN165 at 2:30am on March 3 in Loire-Atlantique, according to Presse Ocean.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2014 5:41:02 PM

Missouri: Speed camera bill squeaks by
Like a car going through a yellow light, the Missouri House has narrowly passed a bill that allows red-light and speed cameras but with restrictions. The measure that passed by just 3 votes, would allow cities to continue operating the cameras, but would limit the fines to $135 and would not penalize drivers with points.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2014 5:40:44 PM

Idaho: 80 mph speed limit bill narrowly passes House, heads to governor’s desk
Speed limits up to 80 mph in Idaho? The House was decidedly less enthusiastic about the idea today than the Senate was earlier, but SB 1284a narrowly passed, 34-31, and now goes to Gov. Butch Otter.
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Manolo1
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Georgia: ‘Slow Poke’ bill moves step closer to reality
The Georgia Legislature approved a measure today that would allow police to ticket those driving too slowly in the left lanes on the state’s highways and interstates. It needs Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law. John Bowman, a spokesman for the National Motorists Association, approves of the measure.
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California, Italy, UK: Traffic Cameras Trashed
Vigilantes in Oakland, California splashed a pair of red-light cameras with pink paint on Wednesday. According to a post on the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, the Technophobic Women’s Action Team attacked the devices to protest the city council’s approval of a surveillance system called the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The painted devices are located at the intersections of 36th Street and Market Street, and Northgate Avenue and 27th Street.
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South Dakota Governor Blasts Iowa Traffic Cameras
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) is tired of having Sioux City shake down South Dakotans as they pass through Iowa. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Daugaard transportation policy advisor Matt Konenkamp blasted Iowa’s speed trap tactics and offered an amendment to legislation that would prevent photo enforcement companies like Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia and Arizona-based American Traffic Soluions from accessing the South Dakota driver’s license records they need to issue citations. The committee unanimously adopted the recommendation.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 10:58:59 AM

South Dakota: Senate revives bill limiting traffic camera use
The South Dakota Senate has brought back and passed a measure regulating red-light traffic cameras after it was killed in committee. Senators voted 26-9 to support the bill. It now goes back to the House for approval.

Florida: St. Pete City Council votes to kill red-light cameras
In a 6-2 vote, City Councilmembers went along with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s red-light camera compromise to terminate the program early, no later than Sept. 30, 2014. While ticket numbers had slowly declined in St. Petersburg since the cameras were introduced in the fall of 2011, a recent drastic drop occured when yellow lights were lengthened to safer intervals.
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Manolo1
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Illinois: Downstate speed cameras meet resistance
A proposal to allow speed cameras outside of Chicago has stirred up mixed reactions from downstate lawmakers. A measure introduced last week by Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, would eliminate a rule that restricts speed cameras to municipalities with a population of 1 million or more, allowing the devices to be installed throughout the state.

Illinois: Police ticket quota discussion revived at Statehouse
Almost three years after lawmakers’ latest attempt to outlaw police ticket quotas was squashed, the issue has been revived. Bunker Hill Democratic Sen. Andy Manar is sponsoring a bill that says county and municipal law enforcement departments can no longer require officers to issue a specific number of citations in a given period of time. The bill, SB3411, also states that departments cannot compare the number of tickets one officer issues to another as a way to evaluate individual performance.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:22:25 PM

Italy: Top Cop Arrested For Speed Camera Bribery
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Andrea Saroldi, the police commander in the small seaside town of Spotorno, Italy, with extortion, bribery and fraud related to speed camera contracts. At a press conference Wednesday, Savona assistant prosecutor Daniela Pischetola announced the results of an investigation dubbed “Hot Velox” (autovelox is the Italian word for speed camera).
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Manolo1
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Texas Attorney General Orders Camera Company To Produce Documents
Cities and their photo enforcement contractors are often reluctant to respond to freedom of information act requests. Odessa, Texas did its best to suppress a request for emails between city employees and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) by allowing the vendor to argue it was exempt from handing over the documents.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 4:40:12 PM

in other words, today, driving at 80 MPH is unsafe, tomorrow, it will be safe... ;-)

keep on reading below...
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 4:38:42 PM

but if you get a ticket today you have to listen to the stupid speed kills speach...

Wyoming: House endorses higher highway speed limit
The chamber passed a bill Monday that would give the state’s highway superintendent authority to increase the speed limit on interstates from 75 to 80 mph. That leaves the Senate as the only roadblock keeping the state from boosting the limit. The bill will likely be heard in a Senate committee later this week.
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Manolo1
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Denmark: Increased speed limit leads to fewer road accidents
A report by the Danish Road Directorate Vejdirektoratet found that increasing the speed limit actually had a positive effect on the number of road accidents. Since 2011, accident numbers have fallen because the difference between fastest and slowest cars was reduced, resulting in less overtaking.
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last time i checked law was government jurisdiction. To include corperate greed in the mix is a mistake. eh** cough *** citizen united *** cough ****
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:52:03 PM

Texas is raising speed limits and getting rid of red light cameras
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:14:05 PM

France, Switzerland: Speed Cameras Sprayed, Scorched
A vigilante destroyed a speed camera in Lugano, Switzerland at around 4:30pm on Friday. According to La Provincia di Como, the device on the via dei Circoli in Cadro had been set on fire.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 9:09:10 AM

krazkar understands!

Speed limits are kept low so that most will speed. Easy ticket income.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:27:41 AM

Maryland: 70-mph speed limit gets House approval
The House has unanimously passed a measure to raise the maximum highway speed limit from 65 mph to 70. The Maryland Department of Transportation advises limits at or below the speed at which 85 percent of motorists drive on any given road. This bill fits within that guideline.

[Edited by: Manolo1 at 2/22/2014 7:28:07 AM EST]
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2014 7:54:32 PM

Ohio Appeals Court Overturns Speed Camera Ticket
Photo enforcement programs have been losing legal support in Missouri over the past several weeks, and now the judicial skepticism has spread to Ohio. On Thursday the state Court of Appeals overturned a speed camera ticket that had been issued by Xerox Corporation on behalf of the city of Cleveland.
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 10:12:36 PM

I like how Utah have raised many speed limits up to 80. Now if Canada could only raise the speed limit to something more useful.

Speed limits are kept low so that most will speed. Easy ticket income.
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Manolo1
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Georgia: Man banned from Walton County over speeding ticket
A metro Atlanta man said he’s trying to figure out how he went in to court to try and get a traffic ticket fine reduced, and wound up being banned from a local county. Georgia law allows judges to banish people from their area, but the rarely used law is mainly reserved for more serious offenses.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 8:43:10 AM

Idaho: Senate mulls 80 MPH speed limits
Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey reports that Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg broke the news about a pending bill to raise Idaho speed limits on some roads to 80 mph.
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Utah: Bill introduced to raise freeway speed limits
A bill was introduced Tuesday that would allow for higher speed limits on more Utah freeways. Eligibility would be determined by crash data and whether the road is engineered to accommodate higher speeds. Most of the changes would be from 75 mph to 80 mph.
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Maryland: Audit Finds Thousands Of Inaccurate Speed Camera Citations
Motorists in Maryland have been receiving tens of thousands of illegal and inaccurate photo radar citations. According to an audit report performed on behalf of the city of Baltimore, upwards on ten percent of speed camera tickets issued were bogus. That represents a doubling of an earlier admission by the speed camera operator Xerox that the error rate was 5.2 percent. Other jurisdictions have run into similar problems.
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Redflex Bribery Scandal Spreads Nationwide
The Redflex bribery scheme is widespread and ongoing, according to the Australian photo enforcement firm’s former executive vice president, Aaron M. Rosenberg. Local Officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington received gifts and other financial incentives intended to encourage them to do business with Redflex.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 9:57:08 AM

More $$$ for crooked politicians.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 9:31:50 AM

In our area Red Light Cameras are "Gotcha" cameras. The city shorts the time of green and yellow lights so only 2 - 3 or 4 cars at most can pass through the intersection when there are two dozen or more cars in gridlock trying to just get to work. Follow the money - it's all about money!
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Maryland: Secret audit found city speed cameras had high error rates
Baltimore’s speed cameras likely charged motorists for thousands more erroneous tickets than previously disclosed, according to data from a secret audit conducted for the city last year. Consultant URS Corp. evaluated the camera system as run by Xerox State and Local Solutions in 2012 and found an error rate of more than 10 percent — 40 times higher than city officials have claimed. The city got those findings last April but never disclosed the high error rate, refusing calls by members of the City Council to release the audit.
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Kentucky: Higher speed limits may be on the horizon for some W. Kentucky roads
Rep. Kenny Imes has filed a bill this session that would raise speed limits from 55 mph (miles per hour) to 65 mph where safe. The main target of the increased limits is KY-80, but Sen. Stan Humphries wants it to include U.S.641 in Calloway County, too.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 11:39:22 AM

oh! how come? isn't this unsafe? ;-)

Utah: Lawmaker to propose more 80 mph speed limits on highways
Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, is drafting a bill that would give the Utah Department of Transportation the flexibility to determine whether some freeways and highways are to be eligible for increased speed limits, including 80 mph in some areas. If the bill becomes a law, he predicts that drivers could be able to travel faster on additional sections of Utah highways by this summer.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 11:38:43 AM

Florida: Pasco man’s dash cams snare speeding police, fire, city officials
Erich Campbell says he doesn’t dislike cops, and he isn’t on a mission. He just hates seeing law enforcement zip by him on the road, speeding without lights or sirens, sometimes cutting off other cars. It seems hypocritical, he says, and dangerous.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 2:44:49 PM

France, Italy, Spain, UAE: Speed Cameras Assaulted
A vigilante blasted a speed camera on the SP3 in Casenuove, Italy with a shotgun. According to Corriere Adriatico, 50,000 euros (US $68,000) in damage was done as the buckshot pierced the camera housing and destroyed the electronic equipment inside. On Wednesday, a court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a twenty-year-old man for setting an Abu Dhabi speed camera on fire. The university student insisted he was innocent, Emirates 24-7 reported.
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Michigan: Speed limit increase could be on Legislature’s agenda in 2014
The debate over increasing speed limits across the state is likely to heat up again when state lawmakers return to Lansing this week. Local governments would be required to set speed limits based on Michigan State Police recommendations. Supporters say the goal is to reduce speed traps and improve traffic conditions. Some MSP studies suggest a number of Michigan freeways could be increased to 75 mph or more.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 9:01:33 AM

I’m sick of hearing about safety. I’m sick of hearing lobbyists described as safety experts. I’m also sick of hearing supposed professionals invoke safety as if it were a magic spell.

Today’s example comes from Illinois.

Illinois authorities had to decide whether to post 70 mph speed limits on highways. The decision should have been easy. People are already driving 70. State officials acknowledge that speed limits should be based on normal driving speed.

They decided to keep 55 mph speed limits near Chicago. A spokesman said “IDOT’s top priority is the safety of those using our transportation system.”

“Puppies are our top priority” would be an equally valid explanation. If you disagree with the decision you must hate safety (or puppies), even if you don’t understand why.
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