Many drivers assume that speed limits are set scientifically using reason and logic, but the reality is that speed limits are highly political. Particularly in smaller towns.
According to WDXE News, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee has decided to change some of their speed limits:
The Lawrenceburg City Commission has proposed several speed limit changes for city streets.
Lawrenceburg Mayor Keith Durham told WDXE News that he “drove around the city checking on the speed limits and felt like some changes needed to be made.”
Hopefully the mayor is also a traffic engineer or at least consulted with one. Unfortunately, with the overabundance of incorrectly posted speed limits across the country, it wouldn’t surprise us if the mayor “driving around the city” was the beginning and the end of the speed limit posting process.