State's drivers already exceed limit
Rep. Todd Rutherford's effort to raise the speed limit on our interstates to 80 miles an hour is totally absurd. I travel the interstates frequently, and I shudder to think what travel would be like if this bill is passed. We already have one of the worst, if not the worst, traffic and fatality rates in the nation.
Most drivers on our interstates break the law by speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, etc. Do we want to make an already bad situation terrible? Not now. Not ever. This bill should be given the death sentence in committee and never see the light of day again.
PATRICIA W. YARBROUGH
'Malfunction junction' needs solution
I recently read an article about the possibility of reserving lanes for multiple-passenger vehicles to ease traffic delays on the interstates in South Carolina.
There should also be a big push to correct the dangerous and ridiculous interchange for I-20 and I-26 in Columbia. The all-too-familiar traffic jams and accidents at "malfunction junction" is a common theme on the daily news. With the daily increase of commuters using these highways and that junction in particular, the public can be assured that more delays will occur. This is one area where public funds need to be used to determine how this junction can be made safer, allowing a faster flow of traffic and hopefully eliminating the long lines on both interstates merging in Columbia to points elsewhere. This interchange is vital to many travelers and to the city of Columbia. Please find a solution.
Closing the gap at traffic lights
Most drivers realize that when a traffic light changes to green, there is a limited amount of time for cars to proceed before it changes to red again. For the sake of argument, let's suppose that 20 of the waiting cars can make it in one cycle. But there is one human variable that must be calculated into this formula.
Any calculation of cars per light cycle supposes that each car waiting on the light is stopped reasonably close to the car in front of them. However, if four of the waiting cars are stopped three or four car lengths behind the car in front of them, then the number of cars that can make it through the light is drastically curtailed, thus causing many cars to have to sit through another cycle of the light.
Might I suggest that each driver have the courtesy to close the gap between their car and the next car. This stupidity is costing rational drivers not only time, but extra gasoline.
RALPH H. WALDROP
More enforcement needed on roadways
I don't know if raising the speed limits on our highways would cause more accidents. I suspect it would lessen the differential between those who abide by the law and the scofflaws, which might help. But, I do think it's foolish to raise the limits for the reasons others have given plus, 80 mph will use more gas per mile -- by far -- than 70 mph. This is not the time to be more wasteful.
However, what would help is more vigilance by the police force in enforcing the laws.. I can understand that the men in blue can't be everywhere at the same time. But I have been tailgated by police cruisers in every jurisdiction. I have seen police cars zipping past me, well over the speed limit, with neither blue lights nor sirens activated. That doesn't improve their image in the minds of other drivers.
Also, I understand there might be some hesitancy in stopping a speeding car that has its windows tinted, hiding who or what might be inside.
Maybe that law should be changed.