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World-Herald editorial: Slow down, be safe

World-Herald editorial: Slow down, be safe

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Iowa’s governor is a man in a hurry. Don’t take our word for it; ask Iowa’s traffic cops.

A second state trooper driving Gov. Terry Branstad has been pulled over and disciplined for speeding. The governor’s SUV was stopped while hauling Branstad to a town-hall meeting in late August, and the trooper-driver got a warning ticket for doing about 10 mph over the 55 mph limit.

Branstad in July ordered the troopers driving him not to speed, except in case of emergency. That directive followed an incident in which another trooper-driver was clocked carrying Branstad at 84 mph in a 65-mph zone.

To be respected and effective, all laws need to be applied with an even hand. The Governor’s Office says his drivers are getting no favors, and Branstad’s spokesman insists that the governor meant it earlier this summer when he told his security detail to obey all traffic laws. Sounds like he needs to do a little more backseat driving.

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