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Assemblyman O’Scanlon Wants to Raise Speed Limit on Parkway and Turnpike to 75 – Should it be Raised? [POLL]

New Jersey Turnpike at exit 7A (I-195) (NJ DOT)
New Jersey Turnpike at exit 7A (I-195) (NJ DOT)

Do I think the speed limit on the Parkway and Turnpike should be raised to 75?
I can’t see why not.

We all seem to exceed the posted 65 anyway; so this would cut down on the arbitrary tickets that the State Police give out occasionally.

Plus, since most of us travel at that rate anyway, we’d be better able to keep up with the natural flow of traffic.

Whenever I travel on either the Parkway or Turnpike, doing 65 isn’t even an option. Cars wiz by me like I’m standing still. Granted, they may even be exceeding the proposed 75, yet it seems that anyone attempting to keep it at the limit is getting in the way.

According to NJ.com,

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon told WCBS AM 880 that raising the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway would cut down on accidents because vehicles would be traveling at closer to the same speed, thus decreasing the number of lane changes.

O’Scanlon said, “You only have crashes and accidents when you have people overtaking other people. O’Scanlon said he consulted with traffic engineers and studies before reaching his conclusion.

O’Scanlon also contends that a higher speed limit will make it less likely that police will arbitrarily pull over drivers.

A personal injury attorney disagreed strongly, saying that collisions will undoubtedly rise if vehicles are allowed to travel faster.

While most of the Garden State Parkway has a 65 mph limit, the top legal speed is 55 mph in some areas.

A bill that would change the speed limit hasn’t been introduced in either the Assembly or Senate.

How fast is your average rate of speed on the Parkway or Turnpike, and do you believe that raising the speed limit would be a good thing?

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