Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Reply to post by intrepid
Fatal crashes occur on roads posted 10 and 25 mph too.
Why? Because someone wasn't driving at the posted speed.
Safe driving is up to the driver. A posted limit is meaningless.
But the threat of a ticket or suspension keeps the massive majority from driving carelessly. Even if the limit is 10 or 25 mph.
Which means they are not there enforcing every limit on every road 24/7.
You do know that policing traffic is only one part of their job, right?
So then why aren't there more people flying 150mph wrapping themselves around trees?
Because of the threat of a ticket or suspension.
Because if left to their own devices people opt to survive and survival means not behavig recklessly.
I don't know about you but I would love to drive faster. I don't though because I value my license. And realistically most people are the same.
I can point to several roads which have posted limits that are far above what is realistically safe. Everyone traveling those roads go much
slower. Should they all be stopped and ticketed? Should they intentionally increase to unsafe speeds to meet the posted limit?
The posted speed is the MAXIMUM. If you aren't a good driver drive slower by all means. That's just ridiculous.
Afterall, the almighty posted limit is the safest speed to travel at, right?
Depends on several factors. Driver ability. Road condition to name a couple. If you get into a wreck by doing the maximum on icy roads, god forbid you
kill someone, the cops and your insurance company aren't going to be sympathetic to your carelessness.
Speed limits make roads safer. Enforcing the limits do the same.