– We found out Tuesday – while putting this issue together – that the speed limit on a portion of U.S. 68 from here to Bowling Green will be raised to 65 miles per hour on Oct. 1.
Business for one. The 55 MPH limit has likely made it more likely for some travelers to bypass much of 68 by using the Natcher, Pennyrile and Western Kentucky parkways. The new 65 MPH limit is still a bit short of the 70 MPH we can drive on the parkways, but it’s certainly a step up.
Safety, as always. We’ll hear at least a few argue that the jump in speed will lead to an increase in accidents, and it’s a fair argument. But my gut tells me that accidents are going to happen no matter what, and since many drivers are already driving near, at or above 65 MPH on 68 as it is, maybe there’s a chance that doing so legally might make things more safe.
Of course, then we’ll have people driving 70 MPH or more because the limit is higher.
Also, we won’t know for sure until the official announcement is made, but I don’t expect the two-lane portions of 68 – which describes most of the highway through Trigg County – will see a limit increase.
Oh, and our bridges are still terrible, so maybe giving people a reason to drive faster on them isn’t such a good idea.
Conclusion: It all comes down to how drivers react once the limit is increased. If folks will drive with some sense, it’ll all probably work out fine.
But what are the chances of that?
– Just got back from Atlanta, and boy, are my feet tired.
Not a joke.
Emily and I took a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was a month after the fact, but it was the best we could to.
We had tickets to Music Midtown, a big two-day concert in the middle of town. Many acts performed, but our targets were Joan Jett and Foo Fighters.
A few things to note here:
• Joan Jett, at 54 years old, rocks harder than musicians half her age – or, in many cases, less. I can doubly attest to this fact because (a) my ears work, but worked a little less after her set, and (b) I was within 50 feet of her during the performance.
• Some kids have awesome parents. I was a bit surprised that the age range at the event, perhaps most at the number of pre-teen girls sitting on their mom’s or dad’s shoulders, particularly during Jett’s and the Foos’ sets. I always love to see kids pick rock over the dreck that gets pushed on MTV and Nickelodeon these days.
• Twenty thousand people is a lot of people, even when there are no permanent or temporary seating structures for those people. It was a wide open park, and you’d think there’d be plenty of room by looking at the place. Wrong. I’m not too old for that kind of thing as long as it’s in September or a month with similar weather. You couldn’t have paid me to go to that show in the summer, especially this past summer.
• About my feet: We walked everywhere. I measured us at about 10 miles over two days. Saturday was a day of pain.
• We visited a music store called Criminal Records if only because we loved the name. But it was worth it to see Emily come out of the $1 vinyl section with an old Boots Randolph record.
Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.