Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dana asks: I definitely remember reading that our highways were designed to handle traffic flow speeds of 80 mph in good weather. Am I mistaken or correct?
My reply: As Ed used to say… you are correct, sir! The Interstate Highway System was designed – in the 1950s – for average speeds of 75-80 MPH. In other words, the designers – who were experts in their field and not lunatic speed freaks – considered that the average person in an average 1950s-era car could safely drive at those speeds. Consider the implications.
If it was safe for an average person to drive a ’50s-era car at 75-80 on the highways, then how can it not be at least as safe for a 2019 (or 1990) car to be driven at least as fast? Yet it is illegal in almost every state to drive faster than 70-75.
If you take into account a modern car’s orders-of-magnitude superior capabilities, there’s no legitimate reason for speed limits to be less than 80 or even 90. I’m in favor of no speed limits whatsoever because I oppose punishing people for not causing harm and merely driving faster than some number arbitrarily posted on a sign doesn’t – as such – harm anyone.
Regardless, it’s preposterous – and vicious – to punish people for doing today what was considered perfectly safe (and was even legal to do) 60-something years ago.
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