Speed limits aren't enforced now

May 8, 2013 

It seems such a waste of time for the Illinois legislature to take up increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on the state's rural interstates. The current 65 mph is not enforced; it seems to this writer everyone is going 75-85 now. How fast will motorists drive when the speed limit is increased? My guess: as fast as they want. There is very little traffic enforcement anywhere; people drive pretty much how they want.

The most recent rain proved to be a boon to auto body shops and area ERs. I live on a route on the way to Memorial Hospital. When the rains came, the wail of the sirens started. It happens each time it starts raining; I've listened to them for years.

Illinois law states that when your windshield wipers are on, your headlights must be on. I know that at least 20 percent of drivers don't know this or they just don't care about their own safety or others'.

Enforcing the law of driving too fast for conditions would require law enforcement to get wet: the police apparently only get wet at the scene of an accident. No turn on red means, "Oh, what, I'm in a hurry." Right turn after stopping and yielding means: Make the turn as fast as you can becuase the other guy has the green light."

I could go on and on but, I'm limited to 250 words.

Folks, it's a jungle out there. Illinois lawmakers, don't pass anymore laws that won't be enforced.

William H. Bremen Sr.

Belleville

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