Speed limit on Range Line Rd. now 40 miles per hour - KOAM TV 7

Speed limit on Range Line Rd. now 40 miles per hour

Updated: Sep 19, 2013 03:34 PM
 The speed limit on Joplin's busiest and sometimes most dangerous road is officially lower.  
    The speed limit on Range Line Road in Joplin is now forty miles an hour.  That's down from forty-five miles per hour.  

     Joplin police say speed itself isn't the problem. With its many driveways and side streets, police say drivers need more time to slow down for those making turns.
  Currently a big problem on Range Line is drivers following to closely and collisions.  
    Police  believe the lower limit  may help.  Sgt. Rusty Rives says, "The number  one reason people crash is failure to yield followed very closely by  following too close."

it may only  be five miles an hour but police believe it can make a big difference.  Sgt. Rives says, "Speed comes into play in two things- number one the stopping distance. By the time you see a hazard your brain processes it and  you react to it. Reducing speed five miles and hour from 45 to 40 miles an hour,  if people  are traveling the speed limit,  could increase their stopping distance up to 50 feet.  To go along with that,   bringing down the momentum and the physics behind that,  trying to reduce those  injuries is what we're really looking forward to."

A local driver, Brian Lewis says, "I haven't driven it yet but  it makes sense. There's a lot of traffic, a  lot of cars turning in and out. It makes sense they would lower it I can see why. I try to avoid it  (Range Line) at all costs. 

Police don't anticipate writing more speeding tickets because they say most don't get up to the maximum speed during daytime hours. 


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