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Re: Death in the Pursuit of Revenue

Sorry, flawed logic! 60,000+ deaths a year indicate that traffic flow volume combined with the general incompetence of the driving population, is geometrically increased when speed is increased from 55 to 70MPH. The increased accident rate is simply a function of reduced reaction time. The result: We lose the equivalent of the entire Viet Nam war allied losses every year. Yet, you somehow manage to rationalize this as "people driving at the speed they feel comfortable with". The speed they feel comfortable with is actually determined by the cops setting their radar guns considerably above the posted limit so they are not constantly disturbed and distracted from doing whatever it is they're doing unrelated to their job description. A higher median default speed is therefore unconsciously arrived at. And, of course, they continue to tail gate while babbling on their cells phones and attending to other unmentionable personal preoccupations.
 
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