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Speed Limits and Safety

January 06, 1988

Your editorial was based on misleading federal information. California's numbers are essentially noncommittal, but they certainly don't support the harsh criticisms of 65 m.p.h. (including yours) that have unfolded. In fact, it is impossible to draw meaningful conclusions for the moment.

My basic concern is that the federal government would use erroneous figures to create the illusion that the 65 m.p.h. limit has already created a problem of consequence. That you would parrot the federal "conclusion" without cross-checking both their numbers and their judgments is equally disconcerting.

J. E. SMITH

Commissioner

California Highway Patrol

Sacramento

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