Doing a search on the Internet, I was surprised to discover others have noticed that Pittsburgh apparently no longer enforces speed limits. Accidents and the severity of them appear to be on the rise. Yet the lack of enforcement isn't limited to the city; Western Pennsylvania itself largely turns a blind eye to speeding. Traveling into Ohio, I've noticed that speed-limit compliance seems to be much higher and corresponds with a greater number of police actively involved in enforcing traffic laws.
I'm not sure what caused this shift away from enforcing traffic laws and why authorities are unconcerned. VASCAR used to be the speed-limit enforcement method of choice in Pittsburgh, but it's been a long time since I have seen any such enforcement. Sporadic enforcement of traffic laws in the city does occur, mostly the extreme examples of speeding and other violations, but it's insufficient to discourage reckless drivers.
Regardless of the cause, the local and state governments should realize that saving lives of motorists is as important as searching for illegal guns or drugs. Deaths, regardless of the method, are tragic, and ignoring traffic deaths speaks poorly of our leaders. Too few police officers or the misdirecting of available resources to more obscure responsibilities (illegal gun and drug searches, federal anti-terrorism or other training, etc.) should be reconsidered and focus placed on keeping the public safe from the public.