Letter: Masks and speed limits

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Editor,

I am very pleased that the valid constitutional and statutory objections raised by elected officials such as Attorney General Curtis Hill and Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush were addressed by the governor regarding mask-wearing enforcement.

As I was doing a loop during the weekend on I-465, I noticed neither IMPD nor the Indiana State Police were strictly enforcing the posted maximum speed limit of 55 mph, either. It struck me that like the purported benefits of mask wearing, following speed limits can save lives. In addition, the government actually owns the roads, unlike most places that were going to be subject to the mandatory mask-wearing edict.

Finally, the governor, through the Indiana Dept. of Transportation, has a statutory mechanism (IN Code section 9-21-5-12) to address this without needing to call a special legislative session, and then enforce it later. Therefore, I called INDOT and have requested that they study the speed limit on I-465, which is rarely followed, and would encourage others to do the same.

In the meantime, I would ask those that believe masks should be mandatory to only drive at or below the speed limit and use your turn signal. If it saves just one life …

Eric S. Morris, Carmel


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