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Where is the logic in raising the speed limit of a residential road from 25 mph to 40 mph in order to slow down speeders?

There is only one mile of Rucker Road where there are two churches on one side, many houses on the other, a large dip, deer and other animals crossing at night, bicyclists, public and school bus stops, and a four-way stop. For that one mile of road, there must only be a few seconds that motorists save while going 40 mph instead of 25 mph.

Dace Morgan, deputy director of transportation, explained that since not enough people drove the then-25 mph speed limit, it should be increased, so the CHP could write a greater number of tickets to motorists. And by that logic, it was convincing enough for the Board of Supervisors to approve the increase in the speed limit. And that should slow down the speeders?

Five years from now, after a very possible devastating accident, and then trying to figure out what went wrong, is not the solution in making it a better collector road for the roads leading to and from Rucker Road. Either the CHP needs to be more active in catching speeders on the road, or the speed limit should be changed to 30 or even 35 mph, instead of 40 mph.

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Brian F. Kelly

Lompoc

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