I feel compelled to comment on two recent letters regarding U.S. 278. One wrote that it is the "most frightening stretch of road" he has ever driven. U.S. 278 is not a dangerous highway unless you are used to two-lane roads. The road is straight, turns are clearly marked and lights change appropriately for the lanes.
Another writer said that he has "not seen a police officer patrolling the road." I've seen numerous pull-offs by police in the three years I've lived here.
I drive this highway day and night and was thrilled to see the speed limit changed to 55 mph. This is a six-lane highway; it's ridiculous to have a speed limit of 45. I wonder how many of these accidents are caused by people who should be driving in the right lane but refuse to do so. This causes road rage. Plus, people are trying to get around those who are in the wrong lane. People don't realize that accidents can be caused by drivers going too slow also.
There will always be people who speed; there's no way to change that. The accidents are caused by people going through red lights, making turns when they don't have the right of way, and trying to get by those who should be in the right lane but feel they have the right to be in any lane they want. A speed limit of 55 is not the main cause of the accidents.