Reckless Jeep driver puts pedestrians and cyclists at risk

Bikeman’s letter to the editor from the Citizen’s Voice. Thanks for a well written letter and reminder that the speed limit is the speed limit for perfect driving conditions, not the normal speed. Ride on!

Speed limit is simply the maximum speed

This morning as I scanned the Citizens’ Voice [column] I noticed that one complainer wanted “the daily rainfall” back in the paper, another urged voters to “remember who changed smooth running uptown corridors into the hideous stop-sign mess we now must endure.” I agreed with both of these. I like to know Key West’s rainfall amounts and we need lower speed limits, not more stop signs.

I turned to the letters to the editor section, where I read a letter titled: “Reckless cyclists put themselves at risk” by Brain Wise, who is “rather perturbed at the multitude of Conchs who insist upon yelling at me that I need to slow down when I’m doing the speed limit. If they think motor vehicles should go slower in that particular area, then they need to petition the city to lower the speed limit.”

Mr. Wise went on to explain that, “the speed limit is the speed limit and therefore the law of the land,” and that bicyclists and pedestrians were constantly jumping out in front of him and that he had a 2,300-pound Jeep and bad things would happen if they didn’t watch out.

I booted up the computer and searched for “Florida speed limit laws” and received an immediate answer to my query under one of Florida’s Basic Drivers Improvement (BDI) courses. “Remember that speed limits show the fastest speed you may drive under good conditions. You are responsible for adjusting your driving speed to the road conditions. If there are other hazards due to pedestrians, other traffic, you must also slow down. The safe speed is the one that allows you to have complete control of your vehicle.”

Mr. Wise, you now know why multitudes of Conchs are yelling at you, (you’re driving too fast) and I suspect that after yelling at you, they yell at city officials to install stop signs on smooth running corridors where people think they can always drive the speed limit no matter the conditions.

“Reckless Jeep driver puts pedestrians and cyclists at risk” would have been a better title.

Tom Theisen

Key West

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