Speed Limits-Too Slow
LOST

Baltimore, MD

#1 Jun 13, 2012
Why is it that there are so many roads in this town with stupidly low speed limits? For instance, the road behind Laughlin (Old Tusculum, I think) has a speed limit of 20-30 MPH. There is no reason there should be a speed limit that slow on that road. Maybe when cars could hardly stop within 100ft from 30MPH that was ok, but not any more. Basically now it is just used as a way to make money from tickets. What do you all think? Can you give any other examples throughout the county/city?

Since: Dec 11

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#2 Jun 13, 2012
Tusculum in general.
lets get real

Fort Campbell, TN

#3 Jun 13, 2012
That area is a residential district and has a lower speed limit. Do you want people traveling 40, 50 mph in your neighborhood? There are multiple driveways, children riding bikes, people walking in residential areas. I do get very aggravated with low speed limits on non residential roads as there seems to be no reason for them. You can drive a mile or more with no houses in sight yet these roads are marked 45 mph.
LOST

Baltimore, MD

#4 Jun 13, 2012
While it is a residential area, 20MPH is just unacceptably slow. I venture to say that there are plenty of other residential areas both in the city and county that have just as many houses, and just as many children, and yet their speed limits will be at least 40MPH. I know of no other residential areas, both in this county, in Washington County, or in Sullivan county that need their limits so low that it actually impeeds traffic patterns, and is used so frequently as a speed trap. I could understand the need for a 30MPH zone if it was a dead end, but this is a freely open road, and while it's not very wide at some points, it's still wide enough to handle higher speeds.
LOST

Baltimore, MD

#5 Jun 13, 2012
lets get real wrote:
I do get very aggravated with low speed limits on non residential roads as there seems to be no reason for them. You can drive a mile or more with no houses in sight yet these roads are marked 45 mph.
Like 11E? 45MPH on a 4 lane highway is just stupid to me.
Resident

Fort Campbell, TN

#6 Jun 13, 2012
lets get real wrote:
That area is a residential district and has a lower speed limit. Do you want people traveling 40, 50 mph in your neighborhood? There are multiple driveways, children riding bikes, people walking in residential areas.
Excellent answer. I live on this road and my guess is only roughly 30% of the people actually obey this speed limit. The road has several curves, several blind spots, and hardly any shoulder on either side of the road, let alone the commercial trucks taking a shortcut when the road is not to be used as thru traffic. Like "let's get real" said, there are many homes on that short stretch of road and most have both kids and pets. If they were your kids/pets wouldn't you want them to be safe? It's no fun trying to get the mail out of the mailbox as cars speed by almost mowing you down. Actually was grazed by one's sideview mirror.

My suggestion, if you're in such a hurry to get somewhere use an alternate route whose speed limit is more accomodating for you.
Resident

Fort Campbell, TN

#7 Jun 13, 2012
Almost foget, how much was your ticket?
Resident

Fort Campbell, TN

#8 Jun 13, 2012
"forgot"
lets get real

Fort Campbell, TN

#9 Jun 13, 2012
45 mph on the bypass within city limits is absolutely acceptable. The number of traffic lights, business entrances with NO turn lanes to access them and higher traffic count in those areas makes that speed an intelligent choice. Once you leave city limits the speed goes up to 55 and 65 mph. The bypass is a disaster of engineering with most turn lanes only avaialable to the major strip malls and access roads. I shudder to think of how many more wrecks we would have with a higher speed limit. Of course it would help if more people got a real drivers license instead of the ones they have gotten from a McDonald Happy Meal or as Cracker Jacks prize.
Driver

Johnson City, TN

#10 Jun 13, 2012
People who think that speed limits should be higher often don’t take everything into considerations. Just because you can handle a car at the higher speed limit doesn’t mean it is safe. You have to consider other cars pulling out of other roads. A wreck at 20mph is much safer than a wreck at 40mph. Also, driving at a higher speed decreases the time that you have to react to a dangerous situation.

The bottom line is, higher speed limits equal more wrecks with more severe consequences. For what, just so you can arrive at your destination 30 seconds sooner? It just isn’t worth the extra risk.
Driver

Johnson City, TN

#11 Jun 13, 2012
Regarding Old Tusculum Road, there are parts of that road that are extremely narrow. It is almost impossible for large trucks or trucks pulling trailers to stay in their lane going around curves. Also, there are many side roads and many driveways that are located near blind curves/hills. Raising the speed limit would just give those drivers less time to safely pull out onto the road. For those reasons, I believe the speed limit is appropriate on Old Tusculum Rd.
I cant drive 55

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jun 13, 2012
I was riding down I81 and making 80 MPH. A woman passed me and she has to be doing at least 85 to 95MPH. I found her up the road about 1 mile stopped on the side of the highway with another car behind her. They were both on their phones and some damage to each car. My only thought was...."Lady if you hadn't been hauling arse you wouldn't be parked on the side of the road" She would have avoised the whole incedent if she'd cruised her drive instead of speeding it.

She was late to where ever she was going due to speeding. So much for speeding eh? Wrecks and speeding tickets do not pay off.

If you are so late that you have to speed, keep in mind that the turtle always beat the rabbit in every race.
constitution

Smyrna, TN

#13 Jun 13, 2012
The constitution says NOTHING about speed limits. Yet the goverment feels the need to regulate yet another part of life!

Get rid of them altogether. Adults are capable of deciding for themselves what a safe speed is not the nanny state goverment.
Driver

Johnson City, TN

#14 Jun 13, 2012
constitution wrote:
The constitution says NOTHING about speed limits. Yet the goverment feels the need to regulate yet another part of life!
Get rid of them altogether. Adults are capable of deciding for themselves what a safe speed is not the nanny state goverment.
I really hope your post was a sarcastic shot aimed at the Republican mentality. If not, then wow! Think about when the constitution was written, and then think about when the first gas powered car was invented. See a problem?

If you speed, then you are putting others in danger. You don’t have the right to put others in danger, sorry.
Resident

Fort Campbell, TN

#15 Jun 14, 2012
After this posted yesterday, curiosity got the best of me so I counted each street on my way home. Old Tusculum Road is roughly a 2 mile stretch of road with 15 connecting roads. The 15 roads are all named roads(w/street signs). This did not include the turnoff to Laughlin Hospital, Oak Grove Church, dirt roads/paths leading into fields, or driveways. Thus the 20-30mph speed limit seems appropriate.
revright

United States

#16 Jun 14, 2012
constitution wrote:
The constitution says NOTHING about speed limits. Yet the goverment feels the need to regulate yet another part of life!
Get rid of them altogether. Adults are capable of deciding for themselves what a safe speed is not the nanny state goverment.
The constitution says nothing about idiots like U having a drivers license---it's a privledge from responsible people who want to take a chance on you driving a "rice burner"

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