Monday, 16 September 2013

Finally, the Truth About Speeding

"You were doing the speed limit.
I found that suspicious."
Does speed kill?

Insurance companies, police and the media would like us to believe that. But does it really? I've always questioned the logic of that statement because I've also always maintained that driving below the average speed of traffic causes more chances of motor accidents than so-called speeding.

Granted, there are excessive speeders out there, but I'm not talking about them. I'm referring to Joe-driver who is driving down the highway at 120 k/hr, and not at the posted speed limit of 100 k/hr, because that is the flow of traffic and the road conditions allow for it. He's not the cause of accidents, but the guy up ahead driving at 90 k/hr is the cause of the accident.

Now generally speaking, I'm not really a conspiracy theorist, but in this case I'm tempted to make an exception. Lately I am more and more inclined to believe that the real reason for those ultra-low speed limits is that they are cash-cows for the insurance companies and the police departments imbedded with them. As for the media, well as we all know, you can't believe everything you hear from them.

Finally someone put together a video that not only makes a lot of sense, but also reveals the stupidity of many of the speed laws out there, and it does so with a bit of a comical twist. I hope you enjoy it; I sure did.

A big thanks goes to my friend Brian for sharing this link with me.

1 comment:

  1. From Gerald (via Facebook):

    It's definitely a scam. It was insurance companies that pushed and benefited from the nationwide 55 mph speed limit that we had in the US for decades. Fortunately common sense has prevailed on most interstate highways since then. Most small towns and municipalities still mostly have ridiculously low speed limits though.

    The biggest scam running on the US highways nowadays is the construction zone speed limits. Some states are worse than others. At least here in MO the signs usually say 'work zone speed when workers present'. PA was notorious for having work zones set up for weeks and sometimes months without any work being done. Fines are doubled in work zones and the speed limits were often 40 or 45 mph on highways that typically had 65 mph speed limits. As was pointed out in the video, if you traveled at the work zone speed limit you were a significant traffic hazard. Cops and officials often complain that drivers don't slow down for work zones. Well, if 80% of them were anything more than cone and barrier storage areas maybe people would slow down. We recently traveled back to PA and most of the work zones on the Interstate had ZERO activity mid day on a Tuesday. And every digital sign at the beginning of each work zone had a radar gun on it going full bore to activate your radar detector. OH was even worse at spraying radar everywhere. Almost every large highway sign had a solar powered radar gun on it to create false alerts. Every couple miles the detector would go crazy even though there was no speed trap or police in the area.