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Fwd: [9-12-melbourne] Fw: Please call, write, or email Gov. Rick Scott to sign the speed limit bill

From: Bob W.
Sent on: Sunday, May 11, 2014 7:00 PM

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From: Jim Phend <[address removed]>
Date: May 11, 2014, 6:59:43 PM EDT
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Subject: [9-12-melbourne] Fw: Please call, write, or email Gov. Rick Scott to sign the speed limit bill
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SB 392 is the only thing to come from the recent legislative session that favors the average motorist.  You may want to let the governor know that you support it.  His contact info is included below.  Thanks to Paul Henry for his update.
----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Henry
To: Paul Henry
Sent: Saturday, May 10,[masked]:03 PM
Subject: Please call, write, or email Gov. Rick Scott to sign the speed limit bill

Please contact Gov. Scott and ask him to sign SB 392, the speed limit bill.
The legislature passed SB 392 this session. Unlike most bills, it's a short and easy to read single-subject bill. It will allow (not mandate) a 5 MPH increase to the maximum speed limit on rural roads in Florida. To show the support this bill has across the political spectrum, it was sponsored by Senator Brandes (R), who wants to ban red light cameras, and co-sponsored by Sen. Clemens (D), who supports the cameras.
The bill is heavily opposed by AAA. As a retired law enforcement officer with a great deal of traffic experience, I support the bill. Rural roads with limited intersections that have crashes are usually single vehicle crashes and 5 MPH is not a significant difference when you consider injuries.
Additionally, research has been done that shows the death rates in states declined after the speed limit on this type of road was increased- this is also true for Florida when the limit was raised from 55 MPH. This reduction is due in part to what is known as the 85th percentile speed of roadways. There is a natural flow of traffic. If for example no speed limit sign is present, most drivers will drive at a speed they are comfortable with. On a two lane paved rural road, this may be 50 MPH. On a rural interstate, it may be 80 MPH. Setting a speed limit far lower than the normal traffic flow ultimately creates problems and crashes.
Traffic speed is properly determined by discretely measuring traffic and determining what 85 out of 100 vehicles are doing (the 85th percentile). Injury severity comes into play when differential speed is involved- as one example, a vehicle doing 40 MPH on a road designed for 70 MPH travel could see a 30 MPH difference in speed with 85% of the traffic. Cross traffic likewise presents a hazard due to slower vehicles entering or crossing the highway. Finally, modern vehicles are far safer than ones made a number of years ago.
Please contact Gov. Scott and ask him to sign SB 392, the speed limit bill.
Gov. Scott may be contacted as follows:
Phone: (850)[masked]
Email: [address removed]
In writing:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL[masked]
Thank you for taking the time to address this concern with your government.
Paul Henry

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