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December 19, 1995
Raising the speed limits certainly makes a lot of sense. We have to do something to solve the problem of overpopulation. DAVID A. SILVER Ventura
December 2, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A speeding passenger train barreled into a sharp curve about 82 mph when it should have been traveling 30 mph, and there was no attempt to slow down until "very late in the game," investigators said Monday. Four passengers were killed in Sunday's derailment, the worst in the 30-year history of the Metro-North Railroad, and more than 60 people were injured. All the wounded were expected to survive. About two dozen remained hospitalized Monday as the first details of the National Transportation Safety Board's inquiry brought calls for stricter safety standards.
June 24, 1999
The June 6 editorial "Keeping Pedestrians Safe" takes the city of Santa Ana to task for raising the speed limit on a portion of West First Street and states that reducing the speed limit would be appropriate. This demonstrates a lack of understanding of California law as it pertains to the setting of speed limits. Equally as disappointing, it perpetuates the myth that changing the speed limit will change motorists' behavior. A check with city staff would have revealed that the speed limit was adjusted specifically to allow the Police Department to utilize radar to enforce against speeders.
December 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Santa Clarita street where "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his business partner died in a explosive car crash Saturday had its speed limit increased to 45 mph from 35 last year. Santa Clarita city officials approved the speed limit increase as part of a regular five-year traffic survey mandated by state law, Gail Ortiz said about the stretch of Hercules Street. Ortiz said the city was unaware of any street racing activity in that area. But law enforcement officials said Monday that the Rye Canyon area is known for street racing and high-powered driving.
May 30, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams
An Irvine teenager who lost control of his car and crashed into a tree in Newport Beach, killing himself and four passengers, may have been going as fast as 100 mph, a Newport Beach city official said. While the investigation into the Monday evening collision continues, Newport Beach police have said speed was definitely a factor in the fiery wreck. Adulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, was driving his 2008 Infiniti down Jamboree Road toward Newport Harbor at a high rate of speed about 5:20 p.m., police said.
May 23, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
February 26, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Nevada State Sen. Don Gustavson knows how long and boring some of those drives across the Silver State can be. So he wants to speed things up a bit. On Monday, he introduced a bill that paves the way for Nevada to increase the maximum speed limit to 85 mph in those areas where state transportation officials determine that speed is safe. If enacted, the new speed limit would match the one in Texas for the nation's fastest. “I drive on rural roads a lot here in northern Nevada -- my district is huge,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
January 30, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Mayor Mick Ireland had seen enough traffic scofflaws, the lead foots and stop-sign runners. On leisurely patrols atop his bike, the top official in Aspen, Colo., had watched countless motorists cut through the Rocky Mountain resort town's West End to avoid congestion along nearby Highway 82. Every time traffic slows along the city's main thoroughfare, cars whiz out of traffic and onto the residential streets, rushing through a series of stop signs...
September 6, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Texas has approved the nation's fastest speed limit -- 85 miles per hour -- about the speed associated with the winds in a Category 1 hurricane. The move by the Texas Transportation Commission on Aug. 30 had been expected since the state Legislature last year approved the 85 mph limit for stretches of new road. A transportation department spokesman told the Associated Press that the commissioners would not comment on their decision. Many U.S. highways have limits of 75 miles an hour, though some roads go as high as 80 miles an hour.
June 13, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Everything is bigger in Texas, they say.  Soon, it could be faster, too. The Lone Star State could raise the speed limit on one stretch of highway to 85 miles per hour, the highest in the nation. But don't press the pedal to the metal yet. The possibility of zooming down a 41-mile stretch of new toll road between Austin and San Antonio at 85 mph is revving up a debate about highway speeds that dates back at least to the 1970s when Congress imposed a national 55 mph speed limit (repealed in 1995)
May 3, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to seek a speed limit for skateboarders and penalize them for failing to follow a range of traffic rules, from stopping at stop signs to yielding to pedestrians. On a 12 to 0 vote, the council instructed City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to draft an ordinance that would prohibit "unsafe" skateboard activity and limit riders to a speed of 25 mph. The proposal was initiated by Councilman Joe Buscaino, who described it as a response to the death of two skateboarders over the last year.
April 3, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
Newport Beach is creating a special permitting process to allow sail and crew racers to exceed the harbor's 5-knot speed limit — a move that is likely to please participants in such local races as the Thursday night Beer Cans. After years of discussion, the Harbor Commission, Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol, boating groups and city officials are nearing agreement on a plan that would allow yacht clubs and collegiate associations to apply for a permit before a given regatta and legally exceed the speed limit during races and practice sessions.
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