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Speed limits

February 26, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
Recently the speed limit on Interstate 70 at Bridgeport changed going east. The speed goes from 65 to 55 to 45 within half-miles of each sign. I don't know the reasoning but it is similar to I-70 near The Highlands where the speed limit goes from 55 to 70 eastbound and 70 to 55 westbound. This is not easy to accomplish with the big trucks bearing down on my eight-year-old mini van. I try as hard as I can to get out of their speeding way, but to no avail. And the speed limit near the Wheeling Tunnels -- 45 mph -- is a joke because it can't be enforced. Where would police sit with radar and where would they be able to pull over a vehicle to issue a speeding ticket? I've never seen it happen. Last week when the interstate was quite dicey because of snow and rain, I could not go more than 40 mph without fear of sliding. However, some big rigs had no problem blowing by me at about 65 or 70 near the tunnels. Speed limits are only useful if enforced. Something has to be done to slow these vehicles to a safe speed. Until then, I keep the rosary handy as I travel in these areas. I'll take all the help I can get.


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