Raising speed limits doesn't help

Fifty years ago, I had a wild ride with another teen driver who must have set numerous speed records for residential areas. "Don't worry," he assured me, "it's the slow drivers who cause all the accidents." A month later, he totaled the family car.

I was reminded of this by the recent letter in which a writer advocates raising speed limits to solve the speeding problem ("Raise the speed limit by 10 mph, then make it stick," Dec. 12). That doesn't work; studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have shown that many drivers will exceed the speed limit no matter how high you set it.

What really jumped out at me was his assertion that "drivers obeying speed limits that are set too low cause accidents when other people are forced to change lanes trying to get around them."

Passing, or changing lanes, doesn't cause accidents if done carefully and safely. And if you don't like passing, settle in behind me and respect the speed limit. Try it, you'll like it, and you'll get to your destination in one piece.

Dave Hurst, Baltimore

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