Speed on, fellow drivers; just keep speeding

In the June 29, 2016, Miner there was an article by Doug McMurdo titled "Speed adding to Arizona death toll."

While the specific crashes were on other highways, I have some comments about speed on U.S. Highway 93 between Kingman and the Nevada state line.

Essentially this entire segment is a divided roadway with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. I drive this roadway frequently and observe that most traffic significantly exceeds the speed limit, especially on weekends.

Several times during the past year I have driven from Boulder City to Kingman on Sunday afternoon. I almost always set my cruise control at 70 mph.

One Sunday I was passed by 126 vehicles and I passed four vehicles between milepost 20 and Coyote Pass. I would conclude that at that time 127 vehicles were exceeding the speed limit and 126 of them were going more than 5 mph over the speed limit. Some were obviously going much more than 70 mph.

I saw one Highway Patrol vehicle a few miles north of Coyote Pass. Other Sundays when I counted vehicles the numbers have been similar. I have to conclude most Sunday drivers ignore the posted speed limit on this portion of Highway 93, and the state has little interest in enforcing the speed limit.

Pete Johnson