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Old 02-14-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Since this thread opened, I've been paying close attention to rush hour speeds on the Merritt from Milford to Westport (without traffic).

The "slow" lane typically stays at 65MPH. People definitely exceed that at 70+ at times, RARELY does anyone go below 60MPH - and when they do, they are passed. That rampant passing can cause disruptions in the flow of traffic, or worse, accidents.

The fast lane tends to travel at 75-80 consistently. Again, if someone enters the fast lane at 65, they get passed on the right. Dangerous.

So how is that 55MPH speed limit helping anyone? No one follows it.
Exactly. And there are simply not enough police officers to enforce the traffic. It's beyond their control.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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Why not have variable speed limits based on traffic and weather conditions? Lower limits when there's traffic or inclement weather, and higher limits when things are clear.
Are people too stupid to notice that traffic is slowing and they should lower their speed or that the conditions are such that they should lower their speed?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Are people too stupid to notice that traffic is slowing and they should lower their speed or that the conditions are such that they should lower their speed?
In a word, yes.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Are people too stupid to notice that traffic is slowing and they should lower their speed or that the conditions are such that they should lower their speed?
I see it all the time. The best (or worst) are the SUV drivers barreling down the road in a snowstorm.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Connecticut would instantly become the most forward-thinking New England state if they raised the speed limit to 75 MPH.
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Agreed.
Maine might disagree if it could post here...but even there (obviously a bit different than CT in most areas), not all sections of the highways are 75.

IMO, there are some sections of CT that would be OK at 75, but a lot more that wouldn't.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Maine might disagree if it could post here...but even there (obviously a bit different than CT in most areas), not all sections of the highways are 75.

IMO, there are some sections of CT that would be OK at 75, but a lot more that wouldn't.
Why can't someone from Maine post here? I don't live in CT (granted, I work in it a lot) and I post here more than in my own state's forums....it is interesting that the only "75" the put is on 95 from east of Bangor to the Canadian border though.

Like I said early in this thread, I think if the law did pass, they'd only do it in the following:

1) 84 east of Vernon (MAYBE between Danbury and Waterbury, but I think the 2 lanes each side and general volume of traffic I've seen on the stretch they probably wouldn't......maybe if they did "75" between Danbury and Waterbury perhaps it would become "65" from east of Waterbury to just before West Hartford)

2) All of 395, and 95 east of Groton

3) MAYBE 95 between Branford and New London (again the 2 lanes vs. traffic issue)

4) The parts of 91 that are currently "65" (with perhaps the "55" zones in New Haven and Hartford becoming "65"), unlike 84, the multiple lanes on most of the highway may produce an argument in favor of a higher limit.

5) MAYBE Rt. 8 north of Waterbury.

I doubt they would do it on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkways, but maybe some parts of it would become 65.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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Originally Posted by trishguard
Are people too stupid to notice that traffic is slowing and they should lower their speed or that the conditions are such that they should lower their speed?


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In a word, yes.
Oh well then we definitely should raise the speed limit. Because that would be the logical solution.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Why can't someone from Maine post here? I don't live in CT (granted, I work in it a lot) and I post here more than in my own state's forums....it is interesting that the only "75" the put is on 95 from east of Bangor to the Canadian border though.

Like I said early in this thread, I think if the law did pass, they'd only do it in the following:

1) 84 east of Vernon (MAYBE between Danbury and Waterbury, but I think the 2 lanes each side and general volume of traffic I've seen on the stretch they probably wouldn't......maybe if they did "75" between Danbury and Waterbury perhaps it would become "65" from east of Waterbury to just before West Hartford)

2) All of 395, and 95 east of Groton

3) MAYBE 95 between Branford and New London (again the 2 lanes vs. traffic issue)

4) The parts of 91 that are currently "65" (with perhaps the "55" zones in New Haven and Hartford becoming "65"), unlike 84, the multiple lanes on most of the highway may produce an argument in favor of a higher limit.

5) MAYBE Rt. 8 north of Waterbury.

I doubt they would do it on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkways, but maybe some parts of it would become 65.
They can of course. It meant that the state itself couldn't post here, or for that matter anywhere. (Perhaps a too subtle attempt at some light humor in the midst of a little food fight .)

The suggestions you made are examples of how sectional speed limits might 'work'. The traffic experts can determine the specifics.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Overall I do not think rain,snow or sunshine will ever change the mentality of CT drivers,me first.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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I don't know if this is of any interest, but in fuel economy, the difference between 50 mph and 70 mph is that your mpg is halved, (at 70).

Hard to prove, I know, but that's what I've been told.
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