Re: why are speed limits not enforced in Massachusetts.
posted at 10/3/2010 3:02 PM EDT
In Response to Re: why are speed limits not enforced in Massachusetts.
[QUOTE]Please ... if you can't handle the heat then get out the fire. Speed limits are ridiculously low in this country and speed is just one contributory factor in accidents ... cell phones, ill behaved children, and fiddling with the radio are usually the actual cause.[/QUOTE]
You don't know what you are talking about. You are ill informed.
Distractions are a major issue, but speed is consistently a factor in accidents and their results. This isn't about not being able to take the heat. It is about seeing a problem that is causing deaths in the country and addressing it. You might like going 80 miles an hour, but it is dangerous. When it comes to driver behavior, speed is the number one killer in auto accidents. That is irrefutable. The simple fact is, as the speed of your vehicle increases, so does your chances of being involved in an accident. There is this bad argument out there by people like you, supported by equally bad data, that says speed isn't the cause, it is actually other factors. This isn't supported by the real research.
But lets also keep in mind, even if you disagree with me about speeding. The law doesn't. If you are involved in a fatal accident, and you were speeding and at fault, you will likely face real jail time.
[QUOTE] Driving at 85mph is perfectly safe if you're focusing on the road and in a roadworthy car. It's the other idiots that worry me ... the ones who sit in the left or middle lane doing 60mph and should move over right, the ones distracted on the cell phones, the ones who aren't aware that cars are equipped with mirrors, and the tailgaters.
Posted by agulhas[/QUOTE]
No it isn't. It is actually people like you, who think it is perfectly safe to drive fast, that put others at risk. As your speed goes up, your chances of an accident increase. And the fact is, the person going 60, is not the one who normally is involved in an accident. It is the person going over the speed limit, who can't react safely when anything unexpected happens. That is the major problem with speed.
Essentially your argument is, speeding is perfectly safe as long as other drivers don't do anything to surprise me. Were you driving 60 miles an hour, you wouldn't have to worry as much about sudden stops in traffick, people turning in front of you suddenlty, etc. It is because you are driving fast, that you can't react well.
You are an Fing moron, and I hope you get ticketed with a heavy fine before you kill someone.