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Opinion

July 5, 2013

Editorial: Granite State recklessly puts pedal to the metal

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When the House Transportation Committee passed the bill in March, 10-4, Thomson called it “crazy.”

He opposed all three proposed speed limit hikes.

“I can’t quite fathom it,” he said in March.

That’s understandable.

State police last month reported an increase in “extreme” speeding on the state’s highways. At least once a month, Capt. John LeLacheur said, state police stop a motorist traveling 120 to 130 mph — or faster.

Scarier still, state police stop someone driving at least 90 to 100 mph every day, he said.

New Hampshire state police opposed any speed limit increase.

In Hassan’s defense, many were certain the Legislature had the votes to override her veto, should she have gone that route. That’s no reason to sign the bill.

State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, was a prime supporter of the higher speed limit.

He said when he drives 65 mph, he’s routinely passed by other drivers.

“If 90 percent of people do something, that is what we are consenting to,” he said. “All it will do is make us law-abiders.”

Back to your mother and the bridge ... Let’s hope there’s no study that shows 90 percent of Granite Staters drink and drive. Since when has popular practice been the basis for law?

Oh, wait, it’s in New Hampshire that people don’t need car insurance, aren’t required to use seat belts, can let the wind blow freely through their hair when riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

This is just one more illogical and unsafe step for the Live Free or Die state.

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