Regarding the April 3 article, “Speed limits face first revision since ’89“: The move to modernize speed limits is a good idea. On the highways, warnings should be more regularly issued at 110 kph and citations at 120 kph. Conversely, the limit on most of the Shuto should be restored from 60 kph to 80 kph, and weather-related speed reductions to 50-80 kph should be in place for much shorter periods. One often sees a posted limit of 50 kph after rain has stopped, and traffic has resumed appropriate speeds of 90 kph to 100 kph.
In addition, when there are traffic jams on highways, the signal timing on parallel secondary roads should be adjusted to better accommodate the overflow. Such roads should also be widened where possible.
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