I know speed limits on our highways are a hot-button issue for many. Recently, I became familiar with the National Motorists Association. These folks have a number of articles on the effectiveness of speed limits and how they feel speed limits should be set. They also led the fight to repeal the 55 MPH National Speed Limit. The NMA has their own ideas on how speed limits should be set.
What made me interested in this was learning the State House in Texas passed a bill recently allowing a speed limit of 85 MPH on some of their highways. Apparently, they already have some where 80 is the limit. Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature raised the limit on many of their roads to 75 MPH.
Statistics can be aligned to whatever position you want to take on speed limits and I entertain broad discussion on the subject.
At least folks like the NMA create discussion and due diligence as states make their decisions…whether you agree with their thoughts or not. They believe specific areas and situations deserve specific limits.
Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a column yesterday about Pennsylvania setting limits…on killing porcupines. Six a day during this newly enacted season. For many years killing porcupines in PA was prohibited – still is in nearby Maryland – but apparently some porcupines are doing damage to properties in parts of the Keystone State.
While it has always been legal to kill a nuisance porcupine on one’s property, why Pennsylvania’s Game Commission raced to declare war on the porcupine without apparently doing due diligence on whether or not Pennsylvania porcupines will even survive this declaration is excessive speeding in my opinion.
A quote from Dave Putnam, Commission member…”We are not declaring war on the porcupine.”
Amy pointed out in her column porcupines have a top speed of 2 MPH.
I hope public sentiment will repeal this limit, even if the NMA is not aware of its existence. Let’s have discussion and due diligence. Like speed limits…this limit…if needed at all… also should be specifically restricted to specific areas and situations.