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Re: Death in the Pursuit of Revenue

When it comes to road speed on the highways, most people vote with their foot rather than obey the posted limit. Which is to say, if everyone who routinely drives/rides above the posted limit were arrested, most of us would be in jail.

Given that most people find the highway speed limits too slow and travel at a speed within their comfort zone, it has to be assumed that the posted limits are designed to be BELOW a speed that most people would choose to travel.

The reason for that is that speeding tickets are a huge source of revenue for state, county, and municipal coffers.

If the posted limits were actually based on some engineering determination of a safe speed, and given that the majority of drivers routinely disregard the posted limits, it stands to reason that the highways would be clogged with frequent daily carnage.

But that's not the case. The majority of people drive at a speed that they feel comfortable with. The majority of people drive faster than the posted limit. And the majority of people DON'T crash.

The posted limits are based on a speed most drivers are uncomfortable with and will predictably exceed, ensuring that that at any time a majority of drivers will be in violation and that radar-equipped vehicles can easily give out a sizable number of tickets during each shift.

It's all about revenue. And unfortunately, a cop on a big, heavy cruiser died in the pursuit of revenue, not a murderer or hardened criminal.
 

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Re: Death in the Pursuit of Revenue

There's nothing wrong with my logic, but there's something wrong with your analysis. The major cause of vehicle crashes is not speed, it's inattention. If you're not paying attention, going slower won't prevent a crash.
 
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