Friday, April 27, 2007

Rendell: I Can't Drive 55

From Friday's editorial page of The Mercury:

THORNS to Gov. Ed Rendell in the latest episode of the speeding governors for allowing his chauffeurs to drive at speeds of up to 80 mph on state highways.

Rendell said this week that his state-police chauffeured car sometimes exceeds the speed limit, even though the administration instituted a policy three years ago ordering his drivers to abide by it except in emergencies.

“Sometimes we adhere to the speed limit, sometimes we don't,” Rendell told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg. “I've told my troopers that I don't want them exceeding 80 unless they need to pass or unless there's some real exigent circumstance.”

Rendell made his comments after he was asked whether a crash that injured New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has caused him to slow down. A state trooper was driving Corzine's vehicle at 91 mph when it was clipped by a truck and lost control April 12 on the Garden State Parkway, slamming into a guard rail.

Rendell added that unlike Corzine, he always buckles up. Maybe he should try obeying our state laws, too.

Is it too much to expect our leaders to set a good example? Rendell was clocked doing 100 mph a few years ago. He said he'd slow down. Obviously, he wasn't telling the truth.

Do you see a pattern here?

He promised to cut taxes but he wasn't telling the truth.

He promised to bring the best and brightest people to work for state government, but we saw how his top administrators handled the Interstate 78 fiasco.

He promised to bring new prosperity and jobs to Pennsylvania. But businesses are leaving the state. Witness the recent announcement by Hershey's that it was closing down plants and moving much of its operations to Mexico.


Unknown said...

Since Eddie wants to drive so fast, then what fast Eddie should do now is get PENNDOT to increase the speed limits to 65 mph on the following freeways not yet posted at 65 mph: Interstate (I) 83 from US 30 to the Turnpike interchange, US 30 from York to Lancaster, US 30 from US 202 to the end of the freeway in Sadsburyville, I-70 from the Maryland Line to the Turnpike and all sections in Washington and Fayette Counties, all of I-95 in Bucks County, US 202 from King of Prussia to West Chester, all portions of US 222 in Berks County, all portions of I-90 & I-86 in Erie County, all portions of I-78 in Berks and Lehigh Counties and I-81 between mileposts 46 and 54 in Cumberland County.

justice4all said...

justice for all? equal rights? If a taxpaying citizen was driving 90 mph, wrecked, sent a un-seat-belted passenger to the hospital...that citizen would be facing a heap of criminal charges. Wreckless driving, careless driving, speeding, criminal negligence....and more.That person would likely do time behind bars. who exactly are "the people?"