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New Jersey Speed Limits

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Some people feel that New Jersey is in need for some speed!

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says the speed limit in New Jersey is too low and he’s fighting to bring it up to 75MPH.

O’Scanlon says that driving 55 MPH on the highway is totally arbitrary and has nothing to do with recommendations from engineers.

So since the show is called Chasing New Jersey and Kate Mosso loves adventure, the two of them hopped into a Lamborghini Gallardo courtesy of Interstate Motorsports in Pennington and headed up the 202 doing the speed limit of 55MPH while watching every other car on the road pass them. 

O’Scanlon says the speed limits on New Jersey roads are random and unnatural for drivers which cause confusion and accidents.

He suggests engineers figure out more appropriate limits. He says it wouldn’t cost much and would prove that the natural speed for highway drivers is about 75MPH.

He believes that raising the speed limit is a way to keep government out of our lives and avoid unwarranted speeding tickets while also potentially saving lives

O’Scanlon says, “There are sections of the German Autobahn with no speed limit that have the same or lower fatality rates than sections of our highways posted at 55 MPH. These are roads built to the same standards as ours and that alone I can rest my case on.”

The Assemblyman says he plans to propose legislation that would raise speed limits across the board based on recommendations from engineers, but he knows it won’t be easy.

There is opposition from insurance companies and AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA spokeswoman Tracy Noble says that multiple studies by the Insurance Highway Institute show the opposite of what O’Scanlon’s saying and that any increases in speed limit causes an increase in the number of fatalities.

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