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Old 10-30-2013, 08:11 PM
Location: East Millcreek
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Originally Posted by crispy93 View Post
I asked that when I last wrote the DOT, but they skirted around the question. Thing is, I imagine the DOT has the Interstate requirement because Interstates can accommodate higher travel speeds... yet the design specs I linked to in my first post clearly says the design speed is 65.

I know design speed is the maximum speed a commercial vehicle could safely travel, but the TSP is restricted to cars, which can travel faster.
The interstates were originally designed to be able to accomodate all sorts of cold war attack scenarios - straight sections that doubled as landing strips, overpass heights to allow military vehicles transporting tanks, grade/lane requirements, etc etc. NYDOT probably doesn't want to get into it.
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:43 PM
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I completely disagree. I think the speed limit should be lowered to 50 in Putnam County where the road is narrow, winding and dangerous with little or no shoulders, maintained at 55 elsewhere, and STRICTLY ENFORCED.

This road was meant to be be enjoyed. It is a parkway, NOT a highway. If you want to go 65 go on the NYS Thruway. There are many accidents on the Taconic already and it would be dangerous to raise the speed limit.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:43 AM
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
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I'm all for it, but there's only one reason why it won't happen: less revenue for NYS. Think of how many more drivers are able to be pulled over for speeding in 55-mph zone than in a 65-mph zone.

The true objective of traffic tickets is revenue collection, not safety. If NYS were genuinely concerned about the safety of other motorists, violations would only result in points against one's license, not fines. However, in many jurisdictions, judges will allow offenders to "plead down" to a zero-point violation in exchange for payment of the fine in full. Governor Andrew Cuomo has passed some of the strictest traffic laws in NYS history, assessing surcharges equal to the amount charged by the jurisdiction in which the offense is committed (in other words, what was a $100.00 fine before Cuomo is now a $200.00 fine, since NYS must match the amount collected by the municipality).
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