Nonsensical plan on speed limits

Article in The Telegram on April 11: "Will higher speed limit mean more deaths." Following are several exact quotes from this article.

"Baker said that any time speed goes up, a vehicle's kinetic energy goes up as well, leading to more accidents with greater impact and more severe injuries.

"Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that deaths on rural interstates increased 25 to 30 percent when states began increasing speed limits from 55 to 65 MPH in 1987."

Russ Rober, a spokesman for the institute, said "studies show a direct correlation between higher speeds and more highway deaths."

"A 2002 study ... found states that increase limits from 65 to 75 experienced a 38 percent higher death rate on those roads. States that increased the limit to 70 experienced a 35 percent increase."

I believe there is a speed limit in place in the Kansas Legislature. It is: "The ratio at which the human brain can calculate given data so as to produce a reasonable outcome." Our Legislature had all of this data in hand, indicating an increased death rate of up to 38 percent of our citizens. They passed a law to do just that.

On top of all the above they tell us the cost of changing the speed limit signs alone will be between $16,000 and $24,000. This taken from a budget which is supposed to be broke. Well, one more quote. From the infamous Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as Stupid does."

GARY D. KRAFT,

Deerfield

Seeking items about Kansas

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Ms. Collins' class

Upham School

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