MOUNT VERNON — Mount Gilead Highway Patrol Post Commander Lt. Toby Smith expects problems if the speed limit is raised to 70 miles per hour on rural interstates. The problem isn’t so much that 70 is more dangerous than 65, it’s due to the number of citations for “aggressive” violations the patrol issues.
Aggressive citations are most often for driving more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
“I know technology has changed and roads are better, but I’m afraid there will be an increase in speed though construction zones.
“We issue a tremendous number of citations for aggression. I had one officer last year write 500 citations for being more than 20 miles per hour over the limit in construction zones,” Smith said.
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