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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Regarding the news story “Pa. Senate leader wants to raise speed limit on highways, turnpike” (Oct. 12 and TribLIVE.com): Apparently, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, has never been on the Pennsylvania Turnpike while going around a sharp curve with nine 18-wheelers surrounding him.

We used to travel on the turnpike often to visit family. When the speed limit was first changed to 55 mph, we felt safer. Then, when it was changed back to 65 mph, we were disappointed.

My husband and I always drive the speed limit and we have encountered many people with road-rage on all roads, wanting us to speed up. We've had fists shaken at us, people passing us on double yellow lines, people tailgating us — and that's at the speed limit.

Yes, we have traveled on many highways that are very safe at 70 mph, but the Pennsylvania Turnpike is not one of them.

Twenty years ago, I was almost killed by a speeding pickup truck. Now, the roads are even more dangerous, with texting, cellphones, angry drivers, people anxious to get to work or home from work.

I think all the speed limits should be lowered, not raised, because people still feel they're safe to avoid a ticket when driving 5 or 10 mph over the limit.

Ann Hall

Conway

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