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Re: Does speed kill? or does it save lives? (archive)

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Posted by Darren M on July 11, 2000 at 07:41:12:

In Reply to: Does speed kill? or does it save lives? posted by Jack on July 10, 2000 at 19:14:35:

Depends. On motorways slow speed limits are more likely to kill due to drivers boredom. YOu concentrate more at higher speeds - this has been proven too.

Country roads - slow speed can kill. Ever been stuck behind someone doing like 20mph through country roads. You get so desperate to get past them that your make a risky overtaking manourvre. An accident in that case is the slow drivers fault me thinks(thats my harsh, slightly joking opinion anyway).

In towns - there should be no speed bumps but just speed cameras put everywhere. Slowing down for speed humps wastes gas and polutes the atmosphere even more. Of course, in the UK our government likes that really.
"Yeah,make them slow down and speed up between speed humps so we get more tax from the extra fuel they use", I visualise Tony Blair saying to his croonies.


: Very interesting reading.. here's an excerpt, click on the link for the full article.

: -Jack

: NEW YORK ( -- Five years after the elimination of the national speed limit, debate still simmers among traffic engineers over how fast motorists should be allowed to drive.

: Some experts maintain that speed kills: They say that more people are apt to die as the speed limit increases. But others argue that, on some roads, lower speed limits may be dangerous, not the other way around.

: The announcement in April by U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater stating that traffic fatality rates are at an all-time low, despite the rise in speed limits nationwide, is adding fuel to the fire.

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