Speed limits aren’t just about safety

By From page A6 | January 07, 2014

Many motorists in Davis routinely exceed the posted speed limit. People often drive on East Covell at 50 mph, on Anderson at 40 mph, on F, Eighth and L at 35 mph. And why not? Those streets are wide and smooth; it doesn’t feel unsafe to drive that fast. Yet those speeds all exceed the posted limit by at least 10 mph.

But the posted speed limits aren’t just about safety They’re also about the peace and comfort of people living along those roads, and using the sidewalks and bike lanes. Have you ever been inside your home, or out front, when a car went by too fast? It’s pretty disturbing. There is extra noise, and it’s just plain unpleasant to have cars speeding past you when you are outside.

Most motorists don’t think about they impact they are having on every person they pass in their cars. When you drive, think about the disturbance you create for the people in the homes, on the sidewalks and bike lanes, and in the yards when you drive past them at speeds above the speed limit. Would you want motorists to do that when you are in your home or on the sidewalk? Of course not.

When you drive your car or truck, think not only of the other motorists but also of everyone you drive past. Obey the speed limits, and you will make life in Davis not only safer, but also a little more pleasant for all of us.

Raoul Renaud


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