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Speeding Buses©

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Today I saw two different MBTA buses
at two different times
Going in two different directions
They had their employer name in common
Along with the facts that they were speeding and rushing through a yellow to red light
Then I saw a speeding school bus
So now is it a must that all buses of any kind have to speed
I thought about how it must have felt
Felt to be a passenger on a speeding bus that didn’t care about my life
Didn’t care about just how easy it would have been to take the life of everyone on the bus
And maybe the lives of innocent bystanders on foot or in cars
Why does anyone carrying passengers think it’s OK to speed
Is time so much more important than life
I know that keeping schedules are important but not more important than the safety of those you transport
I wish for not having to fear riding on buses
But I do fear riding on buses
I’m almost certain I won’t ride a bus again anytime soon

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Speeding Buses©
Was written by
Felina Silver Robinson
This poem was written after witnessing three speeding buses today. It scares me to think of how many lives are put at risk every day due to careless driving.

2 bills go before House committee Tuesday 

CONCORD, N.H. — The speed limit could be raised on two more major stretches of highway in New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, two bills will go before the House Transportation Committee proposing a 70 mph limit on most of Interstate 89 and Route 101. However, the Department of Transportation would like to put the brakes on the plan.

The speed limit would jump 5 mph from Mile Marker 5 to Mile Marker 55 and Route 101 from Manchester to Hampton.

The bill’s sponsor and drivers said people already drive 70 mph.

“I think it would be fine,” one woman said. “I don’t think it’s a problem. People go that speed anyway. Might as well be legal.”

“It’d be a great idea, considering everyone goes that speed anyway. So why not?” a man said.

“People drive it anyway. People go 90 on 101. I don’t think it’s going to make a difference, considering safety,” another woman said.

On Jan. 1, the state raised the speed limit to 70 on Interstate 93 from Canterbury to Vermont, with the exception of Franconia Notch.

The spokesman for the Department of Transportation said one 70 mph zone is enough for the state.

“We believe it’s too soon after the recent similar change on Interstate 93 north of Concord, and would like a period of time to evaluate vehicle speeds, crash data, etc.,” the spokesman said.