Friday, June 24, 2011

Kansas raising speed limit to 75 on some roads

More than 800 miles of Kansas highways will have a speed limit of 75, up from 70, one week from today, following passage of a law by the legislature and selection of the freeway segments by state transportation, turnpike and police officials. "The measure received little, if any, public opposition. But two concerns remain, and it will be the responsibility of individual motorists to address them," the Lawrence Journal World says in an editorial today.

The concerns are safety and cost. "A 75 mph speed limit doesn’t mean you should drive 83 mph," even though it won't count as a moving violation on your driving record, the editorial advises. "Second, driving faster costs more. If you are willing to drive 75 mph, know that each 5 mph over 60 mph is the equivalent of paying an additional 30 cents per gallon of gas, according to the U.S. Department of Energy." Good advice for us all. (Read more)

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