The Water Cooler – Should Speed Limits Be Raised or Lowered?

September 19, 2013 12:00 pm · 37 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Do you agree that 25MPH is a good speed limit for a residential area, or would you raise/lower it if you had the ultimate control? Same thing with freeways, would you raise or lower the speed limit(s) on freeways?

Talk about it….

1 Killjoy September 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I’d raise it on the freeways, and lower it in residential areas. People go flying past my house, and it’s a dead end street in four more houses. WTF?!?!?

2 B September 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Keep the same speed limit in residentials.

Raise Raise Raise the Freeway Speed Limits. 80 would be perfect, anything 90 and over should get a ticket.

3 Triple Canopy September 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

25 mpg is perfect for residential streets.

Vehicles are much safer than 40 years ago. The US should build its own Autobahn with no cell phones allowed.

4 Howard K Mullins III September 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

25 MPH is an appropriate speed for residential areas.

People need to be responsible and considerate of others.

5 Anon September 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Everyone likes to go faster except in their ‘hood. Also no big deal until you run over someone and then your family has to start telling everyone what a great person you are even though you just killed the neighbor kid.

Keep them as they are and more enforcement.

6 David Kepper September 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

We’ve had numerous neighborhood complaints about people driving significantly over the 25 limit. Local police shared their doubts that we would ever get city approval for speed bumps due to “liability” concerns.

There will always be people who will drive 10+ miles over the posted limit. Also, it appears to me the majority of drivers tailgate or drive at unsafe distances on highways and freeways. Try changing lanes when cars are driving too close. A lower speed limit will at least reduce the severity of collisions. A side benefit will be the saving of gas consumption.

7 Incognito September 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I’m not opposed to lowering speed limits in residential areas. In my opinion, there is absolutely no reason to go over 25 in a residential area, and yet there are plenty who do.

I commute Hwy 4 toward Antioch where the speed limit right now is 55 due to all the construction, but there are still those going 70! I’d also like to point out, those who do not drive the speed limit (substantially slower) are just as much of a hazard as those who speed.

8 concord resident September 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

speed limits should be abolished. let the markets decide

9 Anon777 September 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

25 is fine for residential. Freeway should be 80. Parts of Treat & Ygnacio and larger roads like that should be 50. Clayton Road should be at least 45 in most places.

10 Splendid September 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Since I’ve been driving for almost 20 years I’d like to be able to drive faster but the thought of putting a 16 year old behind the wheel to learn how to go 80mpg kind of scares me. I think I’d want mine to stay off the freeway till I knew they were ready.

11 AnniMouse September 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Neither – enforce the ones that exist. We’ve seen too much lack of respect of safety and responsibility to allow more flexibility.

12 skippy September 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

What we need is better enforcement of existing speed limits. No one pays any attention especially now that people drive with windows rolled up and audio blaring. They have no concept of how fast they’re going in modern cars. I ride 2 wheels, and am riding at limit and cars are on my tail or passing me by. I even had one woman in a giant SUV pull up next to me in the same lane at the red light as if I didn’t have a right to be in it.

13 in the clouds September 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Speed Limits are only for those who obey the laws, so why have them? Why punish the law abiding citizen with lowering the speed limit. Matter of fact why have limits? hmmm heard that argument before?

14 RaiderforLife September 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

How about the police start targeting the people that drive too slow as well as the ones that drive too fast. The people that drive to slow are a hazard and create traffic. If you can’t obide by the driving laws you shouldn’t be driving.

15 Ms T September 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

25mpg is well enough for residential streets and areas. The freeways speed limit should be raised. When I travel, if there’s no traffic I tend to ride 5 – 10 miles over the speed limit. This is why the speed limits have increased over the years. Cars are much more efficient these day

16 Everyone cries for enforcing the speed laws... September 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

…until they get busted. Then they get mad about traffic in our poorly planned town gets congested. Then they fret because everyone winds up getting into accidents anyways. The first person to claim they obey the speed limits in this town is the one guy/gal in the room you should never trust.

17 landana September 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I would be ok with 30 in residential, but then people would just go 40. So I say keep it at 25. Freeways should be higher but only in certain stretches.

18 Winston September 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

If a car hits you at 25 MPH you have a 50% chance of dying. If a car hits you at 20 MPH you have a 5% chance of dying. The 20 MPH limit is a complete no brainer. It’s criminal that we allow speeds just a hair above a dramatic increase in safety.

19 adingoatemybaby September 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

For freeways, I’d split the limit. The left lanes would be 80 and right lanes 65. It would also be an traffic offense to go 10mph+ under the speed limit. It may be confusing to start but there are ways to make the transition easier (such as different color lines for faster lanes, signage, etc.).

The flow of traffic just needs to allow for faster traffic on the left and police shouldn’t feel bad about pulling over a road boulder going 65 in the fast lane.

20 Shulla September 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

25 mph should remain for residential streets. The definition of “residential” streets needs to addressed. Many streets that aren’t, have 25 mph. Doesn’t make sense. I like #19’s freeway idea of 80mph/65mph split. Slow drivers on freeways cause more problems/backups than anything else.

21 Dorothy September 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

25 for residential, 15 for school areas, whatever is safe on freeways.

22 Dragon September 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

They should be ENFORCED.

23 gimli September 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

We should have auto-sensing spike strips for people going over 25 in a neighborhood. Send the bill to Cheney/Halliburton/Xe. :)

24 Anonymouss September 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Yes to #19’s idea! Don’t go 65 in the fast lane and then complain about people tailgating you.

If you’re being passed on your right, it’s time to move over!

25 @ Winston September 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

You have a 0% chance of dying bing hit by a car going 0 mph,, so lets just ban cars..

Also, your statistics are wrong

26 Blink September 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Residential 25 is good….more enforcement …..on freeway 65 ok with me everywhere but right lane….

Worrying about liability due to speeding over speed bumps just seems like faulty thinking…would so love speed bumps on our street…it’s the cut through traffic that is the worst

27 Elwood September 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

There is basically no speed limit on the freeway now. CHP? AAA with a badge.

I was driving from PH to WC the other day at 70-75. People were passing me left and right as if I were standing still.

28 SpeedLimits September 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

-I’d raise it to 75 mph on less busy freeways (ie parts of 101, 5 and 80)
-I’d lower it to 20 mph in residential areas and triple the fine for speeding.
-For regular high traffic areas on freeways, I’d keep it the same. People can barely handle 60-65 due to distracted driving and not being able to drive properly.

29 Cassandra September 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I would keep the speed limits the same. It’s hard to drive 25 mph, but it’s appropriate, even though people drive faster in residential areas.

People will always speed on the freeway too.

If you raise the speed limits, there will always be those who drive way over the limit anyway.

30 Ms T. September 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

There shouldn’t be too much congested traffic on a residential street to begin with-that is the concern. I would monitor the streets along bailey, like springfield. There’s always a lot of traffic around that area. Where are the police?

31 anon September 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Keep at 25.

32 Aspirin September 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

25 is good for residential. 65 is fine for freeways (some are OK at 70). People drive way over the speed limit on freeways though. Speed cameras should be used to cite the speeders. 80 mph in the fast lane is common.

33 Anon2you September 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Yes and no…residential neighborhoods should stay 25 and dead end streets 20 or 15mph. Come on, where are you racing to on my court? Other places like Treat and Concord Avenue go with 45 at least and others too. I hate being on big open Boulevards and the speed limit is 35???

34 itsme September 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

For those of you who would want the residential speeds raised be glad you are not in Texas. They can be going 35 and hit a school zone and they immediately slow to 15. They are ticketed if they don’t. The way people are not paying attention when they drive residential speeds should be no higher….kids, animals, cars pulling out of driveways. It would be irresponsible to raise the limit. The way people tailgate and switch lanes so often, NO don’t raise the highway speeds!

35 Atticus Thraxx September 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Without fail, if everyone including myself, complains their street has too many speeders, then where do all the speeders come from? It doesn’t seem any age, race or gender has the monopoly on going too fast.

36 DanMtz September 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Don’t change them. 25 is fine in residential areas. If it went to 30, everyone would do 35, which is too fast. If you lowered them, no one would comply. And if you increase the speed limit on the freeway, I’d have to speed up to keep with the flow. I’m perfectly happy going as fast as I am now and getting the miles per gallon I get now.

37 diablo echo September 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

The speed limit in residential areas
should be lowered to 15 mph. Then, maybe
everybody would actually drive 25 mph
which is fast enough for areas where
children and pets may wander into the

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: