posted on Dec, 27 2018 @ 01:07 PM
I have a problem with giving out speeding tickets for revenue generation. Every time I've gotten a ticket it is in some podunk backwater.
Completely open highway, cruise control set to 80mph. No reason to be driving slower. Hardly any other cars on the highway.
The natural speed of traffic on US highways is about 70-85 mph. Meaning regardless of speed limit, this is what people naturally drive in a safe
manner. This has been study ad nausem. In fact, the speed limit of 55mph is a left over change from the gas shortage in the 70s.
On highways, speeding really isn't the problem. It is slow drivers that make it unsafe because they interrupt the flow of traffic. This causes
drivers to need to change lanes unnecessarily. The slow drivers are like a rock in the middle of a stream. I was always taught to go with the flow
of traffic. If people are passing you on both the left and right, you are driving to freaking slow.
Where I would like to see more tickets is in areas where people are clearly driving too fast for conditions or in an unsafe manner. For example, I
live across the street from a school and park. There will be cars parked on both sides of the street where barely two cars can go past each other.
Most people have enough situational awareness to slow down given the tight space, but also because there are kids around and the parked cars create a
ton of blind spots. Invariably everyday, I see some idiot driving like 40mph down the street when 20-25 is really all anyone should be doing.