Posted by Gilbert on February 18, 1999 at 21:02:05:
In Reply to: Speed Kills posted by JoeT on February 18, 1999 at 15:45:53:
that's an easy one. The thing is, you are more likely to die in a higher speed crash. There isn't enough evidence to show that you are more likely to get into an accident at a higher speed. Of course, if I had a major mechanical failure at 110mph instead of 55mph, I am more likely to die in the resulting accident. But if I am a safe, smart driver, and stay within the road's, the car's and my own limits, then extra speed will not kill me. (Unless someone else causes and accident, or I have severe mech. failure.) I admit there are people out there who speed, above their abilities, and those people are dangerous. Speed alone does not kill. inattentiveness, overzealousness, weak driving ability, poor reflexes, mechanical failure, poor decision making...add any number of these to speed, and it can/will kill. All these traits(especially inattentiveness,) can apply to people doing the speed limit as well as those who are doubling it.