Interesting that they interviewed a 56 year old and an 81 year old, especially the latter. There is a large population of retirees in Arizona that probably shouldn't be driving at all, let alone at 80. Hopefully they learn to stay off the interstates.
Being a geezer, I can remember driving on I-70 in Maryland when the speed limit was 70mph. That was in the early '70s. I drove my dad's '69 Plymouth station wagon with bias ply tires 70mph with no troubles what so ever. My sport tourer is lighter, has better brakes and better acceleration. I have better driving skills and my testosterone levels are approaching that of a woman. There are also a lot more drivers on that road now and my physical skills are beginning to fade. Deer herds are on the increase. But the 70mph I drove then and the 70mph I drive and ride now are under vastly different conditions with 30 years separating those motor vehicle and highway design technologies. To me, gaining 10 mph in 30 years seems to be a modest rate of progress and should be embraced by the mobile public. If not, what has all this highway and motor vehicle safety funding been spent on?
That's such a logical train of thought that there's no way it will be embraced by the people who make the rules we drive under.
You're more likely to get hurt falling down the stairs or on your bicycle than in a vehicular accident, but we don't have seatbelts or airbags on our stairs. There isn't an Insurance Institute for Stair Safety. There isn't a movement to eliminate multi-story buildings.
In so many ways we worry about the wrong stuff.....
Anyhow, your post is cogent. Cars and bikes are waaaay safer than they were even 15 years ago. Why not raise the speed limit to the speed we're all driving anyway?
I agree, it's an interesting choice of interviewees. Still, this change is probably going to be mostly academic to them. Most geezers here, I've noticed, stick to their 65mph, tops.
I've been living in Arizona since 1993, and there seem to be 3 distinct groups out on the interstates. There's the 55-65mph group, the speed-limiters (75mph), and the 85mph+ group. While I'm for this change, I don't think it's going to have a large impact. We're only talking about 5mph, after all.
Everybody seems to have missed the fact that officers can't pull over cage drivers for not wearing a seatbelt. While I wear mine when driving I don't support any extra excuses for officer friendly to pull people over and look up their as*es with a microscope. VWW
The ninnies who think 80mph on interstate 10 is dangerous should come to California and try driving on the 405 for a week or so. Heavy traffic here moves routinely at those speeds and I see high speed accidents far less frequently than I used to back in Chicago where the speed limits are 55mph, with about 50% less traffic.
In the early eighties, I was crusing down a 2 lane through Az at about 10pm. Doing a comfy 90+. When I saw was lights coming over the undulating road behind me. "Hell, thats got to be some bonehead in a sports car", was the thought I had as a beat up, rusted out, 1960's chevy truck blew by me doing an easy buck-twenty.
It looked like it was about ready to fall of the chassis, but sounded like a worked on big block.
The next day I got a ticket for 5mph over the speed limit, while being passed by locals (state troopers love those out of state tags). I don't think the average Arizonan(ian?) can slow down that much.
You know, nobody cares who you are voting for. You have ragged on people to stick with the motorcycle subject instead of discussing lasik surgery. At least all those involved in that discussion were actually communicating with eachother rather than preaching their political beliefs. It was even friendly discussion rather than the flaming you typically partake in. Oh Christ, have I been sucked in too? M.O., get rid of this guy please.
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