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Picture yourself in my shoes. I’m cruising down the Montana intrastate system. Being young and stupid I am going at the unreasonably fast speed of just over 80mph.
I am on a road that I travel around five times a month. I know the road well, and I feel safe at 80 mph. I have no fears, even if I do see a cop. I wouldn’t get pulled over because there is no speed limit*.
I coolly glance in my rear view mirror to see a car quickly approaching me. Then before I know it, the car has passed me like I’m not even moving. Naturally I look to see why they are in such a hurry, but I can’t tell because they are moving to fast. The last thing I see before they are out of view is the out-of-state license plate.
Once they are gone I shake my head and wonder if they know about that blind corner they are coming up upon so quickly, the one that I always slow down for.
This experience has become all too common to Montanas since the repeal of the 65mph daytime speed limit.
The repeal of the Montana State speed limit has had deadly effects on out-of-staters that don’t know the roads, don’t know what is safe, and don’t understand reasonable and prudent.
Now of course I am generalizing, but it seems to me that any idiot with a gas pedal should not be allowed to drive down the highway at 100+ mph. If anyone could possibly safely drive that fast, it would be the Montanan that has driven that road three times in the past week. But, it would appear to me that the very Montanan that I feel could drive that fast chooses not to. If anyone, the
Montanan would know of where the deer are, if there is farm equipment around the next curve, or even to watch out for that pothole ahead. But it seems to me that it is the Montanan who knows the conditions that is getting passed. It is this Montanan that should be allowed to drive fast, if need be. Not some speed crazed loony or possibly the young college student that doesn’t know what prudent is.
This leads me to my question, how about an out-of-state speed limit? Montanans could still drive at speeds that they feel safe at, a reasonable speed. But out-of-staters would have to drive at a speed set by the state citizens.
I know I would feel safer if the out-of-staters slowed down. So me it wouldn’t seem prudent not to.
* Beyond popular belief there is still a speed limit in Montana, it just isn’t a number. It’s what is reasonable and prudent at the time.
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