The grand wizards at Maine’s Department of Transportation have concluded, after extensive study, that the majority of drivers are exceeding the speed limit on our interstate highways by about 5 mph. They are, therefore, increasing the speed limits by 5 mph to match the current drivers’ speeds.

After the new speed limits are posted, a new study will show that the new speed limits are being exceeded by 5 mph. If their aim is to bring every driver into compliance, that will happen only when hell freezes over, which will never happen because of global warming.

The only way to get a good average of how fast drivers are traveling is to remove all posted speed limits for one year and make another speed study. That should provide a good average for new speed limits which could involve some safety issues but would satisfy the number crunchers.

In the meantime, let’s keep manufacturing and putting up new signs, thus helping out the economy.

Richard Houle, Lewiston

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