US 70, east side of town.

Elida, New MexicoSep 12, 20150 Comments

Stopped at the gas station on the east end of “town”. Pulled out to head east and was stopped within less than a 1/2 mile for speeding. It’s a four lane highway center turn median, with nothing but desert and scrub brush on either side. A 35 mph speed limit without a building in sight.

I am a professionally licensed engineer who has spent my entire 30 year career in transportation engineering. There is no way that a 35 mph speed limit or the following 45 mph speed limit are appropriate or meet any engineering standards. Unless there is some safety issue (can’t see what it would be here) you typically try to place speed limits where approximately 85% of the traveling public would choose to drive, if left to their own judgment of safety. In this case, that would be far above 35 mph. Artificially setting the speed limit considerably lower, just brings otherwise prudent and safe drivers into non-compliance.

Like some of the others who have posted, I was from about three states away away. What are you going to do, spend days and hundreds of $$ to return and fight the ticket or just pay it? Sure, you pay it, just like they know you will.

Want a laugh, get on Google Earth and find Elida, then go about a 1/2 mile east of town on I-70 and click on the street view. What do you see? Elida’s finest with someone pulled over for speeding. Perfect.

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