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Motorists ignoring speed limits

Dear Editor,

Are highway speed limits out of date, like so many other facets of life in the 21st Century?

One would think so, if they drove I-70, for instance, on a clear, sunny, summer day. The “test” area, if you want to call it, could be the 18 miles through Glenwood Canyon.



On a recent trip from Denver, I thought I would count the number of vehicles that passed me as I was driving west, maintaining a speed of not more than 55 mph.

A large semi immediately in front of me was holding to the speed limit of 50 mph in most places, except at Grizzly rest stop, so it was easy to maintain my aforementioned speed. By the time I reached No Name, more than 20 vehicles had passed me. Some must have been going well over 65 mph.



On another occasion a little over a week later, the traffic pattern was little different. Very few, if any, motorists were observing the 50 mph limit through the canyon.

If one drives to Grand Junction from Glenwood, the speed limit of 75 mph seems too slow, for many motorists pass you while you are staying at or slightly below that limit.

The highway patrol people are well aware of what I’ve observed and described, but do not have the manpower to cover all the “hot spots” on all Western Slope major highways.

Delbert Gerbaz

Glenwood Springs


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