In Reply to: You're wrong posted by MikeW on October 10, 1999 at 15:25:32:
Maybe "never" is too strong, but I would like to see the road before conceding that the "natural" speed is about 50 mph. There are just too many drivers that fail to exercise due caution about things like kids coming out of driveways; maybe it's inattentiveness, or lack of imagination. Whatever the cause, the behavior is unacceptably stupid and dangerous. If you, or any of the individuals against whom I am arguing here, are *NOT* in that class of drivers, please accept my apologies. If any of your *ARE* in that set, please change your behavior before you do real harm.
And yes, I do think that many speed limits are unrealistic and exploitative.
: Same thing happened to me. On a 4 lane mostly straight stretch of road with no traffic lights / stop signs, there are houses on one side. So they drop a 35 mph zone in the middle of this road. There are no streets / pedestrian crossings opposite the houses.
: The natural speed of this road is about 50 mph, which is what everone goes. Every once in a while, the drop a cop on this streatch to make some money. Bet he brings in a couple grand a day.
: If they really wanted people to slow down, they should put a light in the middle of the stretch. They don't want to slow people down though, they want to fleece them.
: : : : *ALWAYS* consider road conditions when you drive. 90 mph on a deserted, dry, well-lighted, well-maintained interstate *MAY* be safe. 50 mph in a residential area is *NEVER* safe.
: : Why should he shut up? Because you disagree with him? What makes him a fool? The fact that he recognizes that actions have consequences?
: : *ALWAYS* consider road conditions when you drive. 90 mph on a deserted, dry, well-lighted, well-maintained interstate *MAY* be safe. 50 mph in a residential area is *NEVER* safe.