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Speed Kills (archive)

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Posted by JoeT on February 18, 1999 at 15:45:53:

In Reply to: Speed is relative... posted by Lorenz on February 17, 1999 at 21:53:07:

Speed kills. Maybe not for great drivers like Lorenzo, and he is certainly entitled to his opinions, but the statistics don't lie - when states take their freeway speed limits up from 60 to 65 or from 65 to 70, there is ALWAYS a sizeable increase in fatal accidents. I'm not ragging on you Lorenzo- and I agree with some of your comments, and that many people can drive fast safely under the right conditions, but I would guess there are many more "good drivers" who drive the speed limit than "good drivers" who drive at speeds in excess of 80 m.p.h. Also, I don't know the statistics for Germany, but I'd bet my life that the fatalities are higher on roadways where people are allowed to drive really fast. I heard comments similar to Lorenzo's all the time when I was in high school - and a few people who said those same things are now dead - killed in high speed accidents.

Oh - Lorenzo - hope the cop who writes your next speeding ticket doesn't check the archives on this site - I'd hate to be in your shoes when he reads it to the judge...:)

: In my opinion, going faster than 100 mph can be perfectly reasonable and safe, even in the US, under the right circumstances:

: 1) The road you're on can handle the speed, i.e. it's smooth, fairly straight, dry, etc. Don't do 100 on a twisty, wet, pothole-ridden, unpaved road in a snowstorm. I-5 from San Francisco to LA is fine, though.

: 2) The car is up to it. You're driving a BMW -- need I say more? Don't try this in a Chevy Caprice, kids.

: 3) The driver is up to it. Don't be falling asleep, drunk, eating a burger/drinking your coffee/soda, gabbing on the phone or to your girlfriend/wife sitting next to you, reading the paper, etc. Pay attention to the road and traffic.

: From driving in Germany, I'm in the habit of always checking my rear view mirrors for faster traffic, no matter how fast I'm going. Sooner or later, there'll be a pair of headlights coming from behind going faster than you are, and when they do, you ought to move over. That's what I expect people to do when I come up from behind, and it's what I do when cars approach me.

: I always find it amusing to hear people argue that they're safe drivers because they drive slowly. BS! If you're not a confident driver who's paying attention and driving a roadworthy car, it doesn't matter how slowly you're driving -- you're a hazard to others! OTOH, if you're doing 120-130 on some rural interstate and you know the road, the car, and your own limits, you're a safe driver as far as I'm concerned...

: Just my 2 cents worth.

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