“An arbitrary limit allows sloppy policing. Officers don`t have to determine if there has been dangerous driving, as they just ticket everyone.”
Hawke's Bay Today (NZ)
|In 1995 most US states raised their speed limits from 55mph to 65, 70 or
even 75 mph. (The 55 limit had been brought in by Nixon as a fuel conservation measure in c.1974 after Middle East hostilities).
Two years later, the national highway fatality rate reached an all-time record low of 1.64 per 100 million VMT (vehicle miles travelled).
|Majority continue to regard many speed limits as too low.
On Motorways, 57% of cars exceed the 70mph limit, 20% exceed 80mph.
On 30mph roads, 58% of cars exceeed the 30mph limit, 25% exceed 35mph.
On single carraigeway roads, 70% of HGVs exceed the 40mph HGV limit.
Department for Transport figures for 2003
"The normally careful and competent actions of a reasonable individual should be considered legal."
'Establishing Speed Limits - A Case of Majority Rule', Arizona Department of Transportation, 1999
"Exceeding the speed limit related to just 60 collisions per year out of a total of 1,900 collisions in the Durham area — that`s about 3%."
Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary
Sunday Times 2003-11-23
|Speed Doesn't Kill
Stephen Moore of the National Review reports on how raising US speed lmits has not led to the increase in accidents that was foretold by the doom-mongers.