Motorist clocked at 120 mph on I-81

Motorist clocked at 120 mph on I-81

There are 43 comments on the Public Opinion story from Apr 29, 2008, titled Motorist clocked at 120 mph on I-81. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, cited one man with driving more than 90 mph on Interstate 81 in Franklin County during April.

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Marion, VA

#42 May 3, 2008
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you know that's just a very dangerous waste of gas that is not saving you any time, right?
So says you. Answer me this... which is more dangerous (as described by Penn-Dot, not by your opinion) going the speed of other traffic on the roadway, or going the speed-limit or under? Studies show that going the speed of other traffic reduces the risk of an accident more than going the speed limit. Passing vehicles going 10-20mph above their speed? No. But when everyone on the road is traveling 70-80 (which, by the way, is the case on I-81... truckers included) it can be argued it is SAFER to go that speed as well. In fact there is a law regarding this exact premise. If you're pressed... I'll look in the vehicle code to find it (something along the lines of "going with the flow of traffic").

Also why are you so bent on those breaking the law regarding speed limits but not speed minimums? I've personally been a witness to a vehicle accident due to a vehicle illegally going below the speed minimum.

I think you are trying to blur the line between the teenagers in their Civics and their god-awful mufflers traveling 80-90 or even 100+ and the majority of traffic traveling 70-80. Both may be breaking the law, but come on... use some common sense. Both groups of drivers are NOT the same risk.

Wilmington, DE

#43 May 3, 2008
yes, people driving different speeds is very dangerous. i'm not saying people should be driving under the minimums, or even at the minimums (55 on 81, correct?) but having everyone drive at the same speed of 65 - 70 would be safer than having everyone drive 75-80. also since the speed limit is 65 mph, there are going to be people going that fast on the road (many trucking companies set their governors at 60 to 65 mph), so you're not really creating a constant flow of traffic, you're contributing to the speed differences. i'd like to see some of your documentation btw, i think you're misapplying it.

btw, i see no difference between a teenager in a honda civic going 80 and someone going 80 in a minivan with a "i'm not speeding, i'm qualifying" bumper sticker, other than the fact that the middle aged person in the minivan is sad and doesn't have the excuse of youth.

argue all you want, if everyone slowed down to 65 - 70 it would be safer, people might be more considerate since they're not viewing other people as things in their way, but rather as other humans trying to get somewhere, we would use less gas, demand for gas would be reduced, lowering prices, etc, etc. all at the cost of 5 -10 extra minutes a day. unfortunately we're so self centered now-a-days that not many people are selfless enough to sacrifice even a measly 5 minutes.

Marion, VA

#44 May 3, 2008
Exactly... if everyone slowed down to 65-70mph it'd be safer for all motorists. But that's not actuality that's a hypothetical that we both know will not happen. So rather than dealing with fantasy we must understand the flow of traffic and adjust accordingly.

Side note: my argument wasn't about discriminating between a Minivan or Civic going 80mph, but the Civic traveling 85-100+ while the Minivan (albeit also speeding) is going 70-80mph. Both are clearly in violation of the "law" but one driver clearly poses more of a threat of safety than the other.

Regarding governors: I'm sure trucks have them, maybe even a good proportion. However, the trucks I've personally seen on I-81 between Exit 1 and Exit 24 go on average 75-80mph (assuming no backup or congestion otherwise).

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