Can someone please tell me what is going on with the ignorant drivers that are allowed to drive on Maryland roads?

What is the legal speed limit on U.S. 15? Pennsylvania people are taking over our once safe roads and driving like they own the roads, yet are not paying taxes.

Why hasn’t Maryland set a speed limit and placed signs telling us what the speed limit is? Why haven’t Maryland State Police and Frederick County sheriff’s deputies been patrolling our highways and charging these idiots?

Just last night, north of Frederick, I was in the left lane making a left turn off U.S. 15 doing what I believe is the correct speed limit of 65 mph and there were three cars riding my bumper from Pennsylvania that wanted to go faster, when out of nowhere, a guy on a Harley came between me and a box truck and passed on the lines in the middle of the road just to get one car ahead.

I see it every day — people passing tractor-trailer drivers just to get one car ahead and then you’ve got these people that just have to pass just to get one car before the next exit. People need to slow down and respect other drivers. We all are out there for the same thing: to get from point A to point B safely.

There is no need for speed and these ignorant drivers, and until Maryland elected officials start cracking down on them, it will continue and get worse as more and more people from the city have left Maryland to move to Pennsylvania to commute and ignore our laws and safety.

I want someone to tell me, what is the legal speed limit on U.S. 15 and Interstate 270, and why it is not being enforced? What is my tax money going for? If Maryland elected lawmakers were smart, they would invest in speed cameras to control these people on our roads.

Where is the protection on our highways?

Larry Bradshaw

Thurmont

(60) comments

FCPS-Principal

If speed kills, then the safest drivers are the women I have seen holding their phones near the steering wheel conducting a video call while cruising on 15 at about 40.

olefool

It's not about how fast you drive, it's about how capable you are in handling your vehicle at high speeds and how safe you drive. I don't care where you're going on 15, I've probably already been there and can attest that there's nothing there that won't wait another 10 or 15 minutes for you to arrive safely.... Speed kills, I know from personal experience.

olefool

Yeah... bump the limit on 15 up to 65 or 75 MPH.... It's like we don't already have enough fatal or crippling auto collisions already. Good luck trying to control your vehicle in a 65 MPH skid, there's a guard rail or a 18 Wheeler waiting for you.

FCPS-Principal

Last I checked the police don't pull you over at a camera unless you exceed by 12 or more. Thus if the posted limit is 65, the actual limit is 77.

tatt2ed

FCPS... MD speed camera rules state that a citation will not be issued unless the vehicle is traveling at 12 or more mph over the posted limit. So, yes, your analogy is correct.

gary4books

"pull you over?" They just mail you a bill.

gardenwhimsey

The posted speed on Rt 15 is 55 MPH, all the way to the PA line.

lewisantq

Very interesting that the letter writer labels others as ignorant when he displays his own ignorance about the speed limit. Bob Lewis


olefool

I was thinking the same thing, Bob...


phydeaux994

The speed limit on 15 should be raised to 65, then there wouldn’t be so much reckless changing of lanes. I travel 70 frequently and the traffic moves at 70-80 but people don’t change lanes so much. Vehicles these days idle at 55, it’s too slow on an Interstate. The speed limit on 270 is 65 in FC and that works very well (when you can go that fast that is). Even in MoCo traffic moves at 65-70 and the police leave you alone if you’re not weaving in and out.

DickD

Probably the reason 15 is 55 is because it does not have limited access. This has caused many T bone collisions, it is a dangerous road. As you know some roads have been closed off.

tatt2ed

phy... Agree, but due to the at grade intersections, I do not foresee the limit being raised on 15.

Dwasserba

15's been dangerous a long time, with some really spectacular motorcycle accidents. You can write, but you can't make them read.

wind chaser

They talk about putting tolls below Frederick, they should put tolls at the Maryland and Pennsylvania state line on 15 that might deter many of these Pennsylvania drivers from using 15 and find an alternate route. I travel from Thurmont to Frederick every day and see the same thing, Pennsylvania drivers driving like maniacs. There are some Maryland drivers on 15 that are just as bad but are far outnumbered by the Pennsylvania ones. Life's to short to be in a hurry, slow down you're going to get to where your going

gary4books

In California they time people on toll bridges and if they go too fast they get a ticket for speeding. We could do that on 15 if it has tol booths or EZ pass mechanisms. No need for a camera or a police person. But new laws in Annapois would help. Now tha will bea debate Grande.

DickD

Pennsylvania drivers might be the worst on 15, but all roads have this problem. And the speed limit on 15 is 55, not 65. Until you get into Pennsylvania. The Sheriff needs to get off his duff and start controlling speed on 15.

threecents

My life drastically improved when I moved close to my work. from my experience, Maryland drivers are the rudest and most reckless.

tatt2ed

3, spot on.[thumbup]

Dwasserba

[thumbup]Yes. We are famously bad.

DickD

Three, have you ever gone to New Jersey? Have you ever driven in Boston? I have and believe me we are a poor third, at best for being the rudest and most reckless.

gary4books

They are asking for suggestions to send to Annapolis and perhaps we need more "speed cameras" on our highways and especially 15 north. They will pay. And use the money for extra lanes when needed.

tatt2ed

MD allows cameras in "work zones" and "school zones". Obvious signage must be present. Enforcement for 12+ mph over posted limit. Can't just go put one up along a section of highway that is not one of the stated areas. Now, you and jeepers11md could petition the county to widen 15 N to the PA line, thus turning it into a "work zone". Hence, speed cameras could line the shoulders to the PA border. For the sake of simple math, let us just say it is 20 miles to the PA border. $5 million per mile to add that extra lane, $100 million total price (+/- 10% for sake of argument). Speed cameras installed... Studies have proven that the longer a speed camera is in place, the fewer citations are produced. People learn where they are, slow down for 30 seconds, and resume previous speed. Gary, we would need a lot of tickets to foot the bill. Nice thought, impractical solution.

Jeepers11md

there is a construction zone on route 15 and signs say slow down 50 mph and double the fines but there is never anyone to catch these idiots why isn't there a speed camera there?

gary4books

The Frederick County government is asking for suggestions for the next session in Annapolis. The laws could be changed to allow speed cameras where needed. There are ways to move cameras and the cost should go down for each unit. It can work.

olefool

"Just last night, north of Frederick, I was in the left lane making a left turn off U.S. 15 doing what I believe is the correct speed limit of 65 mph"..... Nope, speed limit is 55 mph on Route 15 until you get to PA, then it goes to 65 MPH.... So the letter writer was going 65 and complaining about speeders???? So does everybody else.

Jeepers11md

Excuse me but I was told by The Maryland State Police that the speed limit is 65mph and they would not pull you over unless you are weaving in and out of traffic if you do the POSTED speed limit of 55mph which I had no problem with, you will get run over and forced off the road

shiftless88

but the law says 55 mph. Perhaps everyone should speed up to keep up with the PA drivers?

DickD

The signs posted say 55.

tatt2ed

And VA says the same about MD drivers, and PA complains about MD drivers, and MD drivers complain about all others.

As for not paying taxes, please tell me that you never drive out of state....

Jeepers11md

Yes I do travel to PA but I respect the laws of their state and do the sped limit and expect the same for those who travel our roads if you don't like the rules stay off the roads

tatt2ed

jeepers11md... I suggest you apply for one of the local law enforcement agencies. In that regard you will have the authority to enforce said laws. Heck, you may even be able to pull me over (in my car / truck / or motorcycle) and issue a citation. Short of that, I say if you are unable to maintain the flow of traffic, I may not be the one being told to stay off the roads.

threecents

I go with the flow to some extent, but if he is already going 10 mph over the speed limit, he should not be tail-gated. Heck, he should not be tail-gated no matter how slow he is going. He should be ticketed if he is going too slow, but anyone tail-gating should also be ticketed.

Jeepers11md

well I say if you have a problem following the law then stay off our roads I see too many idiots speed up just to beat me to the next exit by a minute now is it really worth it? drive with sense

Jeepers11md

well if you can't follow the law maybe you should be the one to turn your license in for you are putting our lives at risk

gary4books

"... unable to maintain the flow of traffic,..."



Now what can that mean?

tatt2ed

Considering I have a spotless driving record, I'll pass on turning my license in (of course, until you are deputized to issue traffic violations).



Gary, "unable to maintain the flow of traffic" means just that. Driving slower than surrounding traffic, for example, doing 60 in the fast lane when all other traffic is having to pass you in the right lane. Essentially, use your mirror, move over, and get to your destination at your pace. I'll do the same.

threecents

Garry and Jeepers[thumbup][thumbup]

Psizzle

It wasn’t a Harley,.😃

tatt2ed

psizzle... If it was me, yes it was.[ohmy]

Keystone79

Larry, you need to get a grip man. Seriously.




deignis

The legal speed isn’t necessarily the safe speed. If traffic is going 80+, and you’re going 65 mph (especially in the left lane), that makes your driving a huge safety hazard. Always go the speed of traffic.

threecents

If other cars are going over 80, then they should be ticketed. What don't you understand about illegal?

tatt2ed

3... Come into Frederick on 340 in the afternoon... 65 is the slow lane, MSP runs with the flow.

Jeepers11md

if that's the law then I would Let Maryland State lawmakers tell me the actual speed limit if there is one

shiftless88

There are legal signs right there on the side of the road. Don't you see them? 55 mph right there in black and white.

Jeepers11md

I see them but if you was to do 55mph you would get pushed off the road I agree with the 55mph speed limit but if they are not going to enforce it then why obey the law

FCPS-Principal

A rare voice of reason.

gary4books

The most popular excuse when stopped for speeding: "I was just maintaining..." But the offiers have to pick up the results of speeding and see the bodies.

FCPS-Principal

The idiot is the writer. He needs to speed up. He is going so slow he will cause a wreck and kill someone.


Jeepers11md

Maybe you should stay off the roads if you can't read the speed limit signs

duffy5x

Yes...slow kills, isn't that saying?

gary4books

So it is not safe to obey the law?

KellyAlzan

The sheriff’s office is too busy chasing after people of color and wrongfully arresting them. Truth.

secpol1970

Congrats you win the dumb comment of the day. Try staying on topic. Truth. Fact.

timothygaydos

some of them just cannot help themselves....

FCPS-Principal

Truth is never dumb.

threecents

It's the truth that Trump is our president, so don't tell us that truth is never dumb.

Jeepers11md

maybe they would have more time to spend on the roads if those illegals would follow the law and become citizens and do the right thing

naturegirl

Blaming bad driving solely on drivers from Pennsylvania has to be a joke, right? I lived in Maryland and then Pennsylvania for years and Maryland driver's are far more pushy than those in Pennsylvania. As far as 15 is concerned, it seems the criteria for driving that highway, is being overly aggressive and impatient as heck, no matter where you stem.

Jeepers11md

have you driven past Emmitsburg near the PA line? you will see that the people from PA have no respect for Maryland Laws and yes there are some in Maryland too but my account has been mostly PA

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