Speed limits. 37 replies

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#31 11 years ago

Ryette I don't want to go on at you because you were to honest in your admission about driving. But seriously go and get your license for your own peace of mind and the fact that you would be legal if you need to drive again. And tell your boyfriend not to get wrecked when he is supposed to be responsible for getting you home.




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#32 11 years ago
Tas;3826561You cannot see as well, some people work at night, and of course roaming pets.

The streets I'm talking about really don't have houses on them so in other words they really aren't residential lined streets, they're commercial. and by 11 most places have closed. Additionally the streets are fairly well lit as most of the time they are flanked on either side by parking lots with brights lights.




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#33 11 years ago

The main responsibility of the speed limit is to keep cars on the road moving at a single flow. Whether at 40 or 100 mph, as long as all the cars surrounding you are moving at pretty much the same speed, you are a lot safer. This is because the speed differential of cars greatly affects the severity of accidents. If two cars collide, going in the same direction, at 20 and 40 miles an hour, the accident is WORSE than if two cars collide, going in the same direction, at 110 and 120 miles an hour. That is because the speed differential of the first set is 20 miles and hour (so essentially it is the same as a car hitting a wall at 20 mph) and that of the second set only 10 miles an hour.

Granted, the danger at higher speeds shifts from multiple-vehicle collisions (which are far more common at lower speeds) to single-vehicle accidents. At high speeds, many drivers but not all are incapable of controlling their vehicle in all situations.

In conclusion, if I was dictator of the world (which I damn well intend to be) there would be no speed limits but speed suggestions. The suggested speed for one area would be, say, 60 mph. If it is busy or deserted, rainy or foggy, my citizens would be expected to adjust their speed accordingly. No sense in driving 30 mph around a school at 1 am. With that system, more responsibility would rest in the driver, but also more consequences. My police would be lenient on speeding tickets, but in the case of an accident the consequences for guilty parties (which can be multiple drivers) would be severe. In addition, Driver's Ed would be a lot more stringent, more on the European scale of it rather than the farce of a DE we have in the US.




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#34 11 years ago
Driver's Ed would be a lot more stringent, more on the European scale of it rather than the farce of a DE we have in the US.

We dont even have driver's Ed in NZ




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#35 11 years ago
Archmage Cleps;3827432We dont even have driver's Ed in NZ

And damn, we should. As well as bumping the driving age up to at least 16.

One of the more positive things I have seen on NZ roads (though they seem to be disappearing now) was the white crosses wherever there was a traffic accident where someone died. Occasionally you'd come across a cluster, people still looked after them, and I'm sure that sobered up dangerous drivers more than the billboards.




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#36 11 years ago
And damn, we should. As well as bumping the driving age up to at least 16.

I totally agree.I put off learning to drive until I was 16, and now, when I look back (2 years, not all that long ago), I reckon 15 is too young to get loaded with all that responsibility and power.

One of the more positive things I have seen on NZ roads (though they seem to be disappearing now) was the white crosses wherever there was a traffic accident where someone died. Occasionally you'd come across a cluster, people still looked after them, and I'm sure that sobered up dangerous drivers more than the billboards.

They are not disappearing, there are still more appearing on the highway, its just that people sometimes hide them behind bushes and trees. They do send a strong message to drivers, but they are often not large enough, nor visible enough, to become a secure deterrent for speeding.




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#37 11 years ago

Commercial, industrial and residential areas should have speed limits. For highways, I'd say depending on the number of lanes, ie: 2 lane highway: 100 kph 3 lane: 120 kph 3+: 120 or include a 'limitless passing lane'

Either way, people will still speed and accidents will happen.




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#38 11 years ago
That said, I probably am the last person to offer my opinion about driving, seeing as I'm too lazy to even go to the DMV to get my license, so any driving I do--speeding or no--is illegal.

get a license for crying out loud. There are a lot of f┬Ęcking teenagers that do this in belgium and they all say that they drive good. Oke maybe it is, but maybe someothers arent. If someone, like an old granny hits you. The cops come and asks for your papers. No shit, you are in problems. Your entire family will be on the streets. I know this because a good friend of mine had this. So, get a license or take bicycle!