Is 15 mph speed limit really effective?
Now that school is out for the summer, this is a good time to reflect on our new 15 mph school zone speed limits.
How many of you truly drove 15 mph through these zones? I am guessing very few of you. I would go 15 mph every time I was in one of the school zones at the start and end of school hours, and not once did I encounter another 15 mph driver. Every time I drove 15 mph, the cars ahead of me would gain distance from me, and the cars behind me would pile up at my bumper. Once I entered one of these zones behind a Google self-driving car, and even it gained distance in front of me as I crawled along at 15 mph. (As a side note, I wonder how those cars know if “Children Are Present.”) Many kids biking to school would be going faster than I was driving. They would look at me, I suspect, wondering why I was driving along beside them nearly at their speed.