Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Speed limit for trucks

EDITOR:

I have a question for the captain in charge of the local California Highway Patrol. I have lived here 32 years and have yet to see a truck or car towing a trailer stopped for speeding. The maximum speed limit is 55 mph and is never enforced. Why isn’t it?

N.J. SPRAGUE
Shingle Springs

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 08, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Good question.

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  • 33/3rdFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:16 am

    They're too busy talking on their feel phones..

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  • 33/3rdFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Cell phones....not feel phones

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  • D. BerryFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Maybe it's because they're only going 55 mph?

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:54 am

    D. Berry, most (80%) are at 60-65 mph.

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  • SHFebruary 11, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    60 when they should be going 55? Scandal. Shame on you CHP. I think you have too much time on your hands.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 11, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    You're right of course, SH. I think I still smarting from having received a written warning in Texas (I know, not CA) for excessive speed. A download of my Garmin GPS log for my speed at the time of the stop showed 70 1/2 mph in a 70 zone. Big rigs were passing me.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 11, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    . . . I'm

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  • James E.February 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Phil, the Texas cops saw your California plates and thought you were a liberal. Be careful out there with those California plates while motoring through Red states.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 11, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    James, the clincher is sensitive. My dear wife is a RABID Cowboys fan. She is now tasked with Texas transit duty.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 11, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    You can see Escalades and Tahoes and Expeditions pulling ski boats up to Tahoe in the fast lane (illegal on a 3-laner) doing 75 ALL summer long. It happens all the time. I think most of them don't even know it's illegal, or they don't read the sign past "Trucks 55" down to where it says "Autos with trailers". The CHP (a revenue generating arm of the Sate of CA) prefers writing the most lucrative tickets, so if it's a choice between a $150 speeding ticket (65 in a 55) or a $300 ticket (80+ in a 65) , guess who gets it?

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  • Jim RiordanFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:11 am

    Before jumping too hard on the CHP, many of you may not know that if you get in an accident, even if it is your fault, you may request the CHP medivac helicopter to transport you to a local trauma center and they will do it for free, if available, and they usually are, instead of you having to pay Calstar or Reach helos $10,000 to $15k for the same ride. Many folks are unaware of this since CHP is not allowed to advertise this service.

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  • chrispytahoeMarch 13, 2013 - 8:16 am

    CHP does not actively patrol West of Rockcrusher, and East of Ice House. Too far from donuts and coffee. Calstar has a very affordable yearly insurance program that covers evacuations. It is only $50.00 for your whole family! I am a frequent visitor to the backcountry, and my wife commutes to Marshall Hospital from South Lake 3 days a week. This program is a given for us.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 13, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Chrispy, is it possible that your comment landed in the wrong thread? I'm having trouble integrating your various points - CHP, insurance, evacuations, commuting to Marshall, "this program"???

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  • chrispytahoeMarch 13, 2013 - 11:02 am

    Hiya Phil. I was just responding to Jim about the Calstar charges. I am all over the place today, too much coffee!

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  • cookie65March 13, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Phil, I got one in Texas for 96 in an 80. Good thing he didn't catch me a few miles earlier. I was taking a picture of the speedometer at 102.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 13, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Cookie - 102!!! - pictures at 11:00 - You must like cheating death. Clearly He's (She's) not done with you. . .

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  • DB SmithMarch 13, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Cookie, was that a mental picture or the real thing? I remember sitting shotgun in a new 1969 457 Corvette going 100 plus down Cutting Blvd in Richmond, Ca.. BA ZING!!!

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  • cookie65March 14, 2013 - 8:33 am

    DB, the real thing. I have the picture and the ticket. $298.10 including court costs. Justice of the Peace Sonora Tx. It is a long ways across Texas with straight roads that stretch for as far as you can see. There are some caverns in Sonora Texas that are considered to be the most pristine in the world. After the state patrol wrote me up he passed me a couple of miles down the road and I was doing the posted limit of 80mph and he went by me like I was on blocks. I estimate he was going upwards of 140. I think he probably goes bass fishing on the weekends with the Justice of the peace.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 14, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Texas sucks (IMHO) - OH! - BTW - BREAKING: - g'mornin' all - BREAKING: - Hugo Chávez is still dead

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