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Old 03-25-2012, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Coconut1 View Post
I never said it would have a major impact on ones commute. You brought that up yourself.

They could put out whatever they want to justify the slow speed limits, but it doesn't change my opinion that local police take advantage of these low speed limits and wait to simply hand out tickets.
I never said that you said it would have an impact on commute time, I am interjecting that to demonstrate why higher speed limits really don't make sense in metro areas to begin with given the decreased gas mileage and increased severity of accidents that come with higher speeds.

Cops definitely do take advantage of areas where they speed limit decreases rapidly. You could call that a trap or you could also argue that those are the areas where people need the most reminding about the speed limit. It is an interesting debate but it is not relevant to the O.P.'s question of WHY the speed limits are lower in the H.R. metro area.

I have worked with traffic engineers and had lengthy discussions about this. I have also provided links that document the factors taken into consideration in setting speed limits on the interstate.

It is fine if you disagree with their assessment, and it is also fine if you think speed traps are unfair, but revenue is NOT why the speed limits are lower in the metro area than in the sticks. It just isn't the case... a lot of work goes into setting the speed limits and revenue is not a consideration. You are arguing something that is completely different than the topic of the thread. Sure cops take advantage of the situation, but that is not why the speed limits are set at a particular speed.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:37 PM
Location: USA
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because hampton roads is not
the country. I'd tell anybody
across america.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:58 AM
Location: New Castle, DE
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Originally Posted by Coconut1 View Post
Well, the majority would disagree with you. Besides VA and DC, radar detectors are legal in all other areas.

Is it fair motorist fall victim to speed traps? There are well known traps in DE and FL. Speed limits plunging 20 MPH in the blink of an eye and cops just waiting to hand out tickets like candy.

Since when is 64 rural with few people getting on and off? 64 is far more dangerous of a road than 164, 264, 464, 664, etc!
You got that right about DE, especially in Elsmere, Newport, Smyrna, & Seaford!

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