Mendel Rosenfeld of Lakewood Township, NJ has started an online petition via Change.org to increase the speed limit on Garden State Parkway to 75 mph. As of now, the speed limits on the Garden State Parkway are set at either 65 mph or 55 mph in certain areas.
According to his Change.com petition page, Mendel says, “By changing the speed limit on the Garden State Parkway and other NJ highways people will agree to travel further for a job which will lower unemployment rates.”
The petition has gained the support of over 3500 New Jerseyans in the span of 3 weeks, nearly reaching it’s 5000 signature goal.
Plenty of New Jersey lawmakers have shown support of increased speed limits, however, a representative from the Department of Transportation, Kevin Israel, has confirmed, "The Department has not had any discussions about raising the speed limit in New Jersey,” He goes on to elaborate, "The speed limit is established by the legislature and it would be up to them to make any changes."
According to an article on NJ.com, a republic Assemblyman from Monmouth plans to propose a bill requiring the state to utilize traffic and engineering data to determine speed limits, rather than politics and emotion.
In certain areas of the Garden State Parkway, the neutral flowing speed that most cars travel in averages around the 70 mph mark. Most states across the nation have raised their highway speed limits at an average of 75 mph in the west and 65 mph in the east. Although New Jersey may be behind on increasing the speed limit, some argue that this is justified due to the high volume of drivers and unsafe speeding.
If you have received a speeding ticket in New Jersey, visit DriveSafeToday.com to learn more about how to reduce points and lower insurance by taking an online defensive driving course.
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