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Old 03-30-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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This confirms that the cops are over-enforcing the speed limit on the ICC. Some tickets were for going between 55 and 60 mph.

ICC tickets: About 7,000 drivers issued tickets on Intercounty Connector | WJLA.com
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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This confirms that the cops are over-enforcing the speed limit on the ICC. Some tickets were for going between 55 and 60 mph.

ICC tickets: About 7,000 drivers issued tickets on Intercounty Connector | WJLA.com

Great way to promote the use of the ICC. So, why do they let people drive 80 on the beltway where it is much more crowded and accident prone? They have it backwards.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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MdTA police doesn't patrol the Beltway.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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How do you over-enforce a speed limit?

These stats are a little off, though. First of all I am betting that those are total tickets, not just speed tickets. Second of all, the primary law enforcement agency for the ICC is the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MdTA). They also have jurisdiction to enforce traffic laws outside of the ICC on the roads that in close proximity, so not ALL of the tickets accounted for were for violations on the ICC.

Even so, 7 thousand tickets isn't that much.... comes out to about a total of 14 tickets a day. Figure you have 3-5 officer's working a shift, 3 shifts a day, that's give or take a ticket or two per officer. Don't see what the big deal is.....

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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Even so, 7 thousand tickets isn't that much.... comes out to about a total of 14 tickets a day. Figure you have 3-5 officer's working a shift, 3 shifts a day, that's give or take a ticket or two per officer. Don't see what the big deal is.....
14 tickets a day and about 10k trips per day. I'd be interested to see what other local roadways rack up.

Clearly the speed limit on the road should be 65 or 70; raising it to 60 is a start.
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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I think it's a lot of tickets considering the small amount of traffic. How many did they hand out on the Beltway between 270 and 95 in the same time frame? I'm betting that they handed out fewer tickets there.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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How do you over-enforce a speed limit?
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This^ The speed limit is the maximum speed you can drive. A good way to avoid tickets is to obey the posted limits.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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This^ The speed limit is the maximum speed you can drive. A good way to avoid tickets is to obey the posted limits.
55 was a reasonable limit in 1970 when car safety technology was what it was.

In 2013, there's no reason for 55 mph speed limits except to line the county coffers.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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55 was a reasonable limit in 1970 when car safety technology was what it was.

In 2013, there's no reason for 55 mph speed limits except to line the county coffers.
Reasonable is subjective. The speed LIMIT is law. I don't necessarily agree with it either, but to avoid getting a speeding ticket, simply don't speed.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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I think it's a lot of tickets considering the small amount of traffic. How many did they hand out on the Beltway between 270 and 95 in the same time frame? I'm betting that they handed out fewer tickets there.
Like I said, MdTA Police enforce traffic laws outside of the ICC on nearby roadways.

One to two tickets per officer per shift is not difficult at all. MdTA Police are primarily a traffic enforcement, hightway patrol type agency so that is their job to enforce traffic laws.

Comparing that portion of the beltway and MSP to MdTA and the ICC is apples to oranges. MSP is severly short staffed and typically work below their alotted manpower. That area also receives a lot of crashes compared to the ICC, so that obviously is priority and can be time consuming. Also, most portions of that roadway is not safe what-so-ever to pull a car over. There have been plenty of violators I simply never stopped because it just flat-out wasn't safe to stop them due to traffic/road conditions.
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