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A driver was arrested late this week when police stopped him near St. Judes after clocking a pickup doing 176 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.

Let the legal system decide on that pilot, but anyone who has travelled the divided highway between Whitbourne and St. John’s know this isn’t something new or even unusual there.

Drivers in that section of the east coast divided highway just ignore the posted speed and anyone following that limit is quickly left behind the hurtling crowd.

Other sections of divided highway don’t seem to suffer from the same fate for some reason.

Legal change is in the wind in other jurisdictions.

At least two places in North America are raising speeding limits. Most recently Maine raised the speed limit on many sections of the famous I-95 from 65 mph to 70 mph and B.C. is looking at a similar move by hiking speeds on some highways to 120 km/h.

Let’s hope that kind of thinking doesn’t spread to this province. Our highways just aren’t built for higher speeds.

In fact, some of us remember the days of gas shortages when the speed limit was cut to 55 km/h and we all managed to get where we were going without too much delay or frustration. We even save a little gas and cash at that speed.

The truth is, no matter what the speed limit is, some people always want to go faster and put their fellow highway travellers in jeopardy.

Vehicles are being made safer all the time with better brakes, suspension and tires, but that can’t overcome all dangers.

Speed kills the same today as it did when the Model T ruled the road.

Geographic location: Whitbourne, North America, Maine

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