Interstate highways are designed for higher speed travel and raising
the speed limit 5 mph may not be that significant compared to other
factors such as weather.
That same study says:
"For example, as shown in
Table 2, for rural-county-road accidents involving a car or light
truck with a heavy truck, a
1% increase in the speed limits results in a 2.77% increase in the
probability of fatality and
a 2.35% increase in the probability of injury. For rural-state-route
accidents involving a
car or light truck with another car or light truck, a 1% increase in
the speed limit results in
a 11.9% increase in the probability of fatality and a 1.32% increase
in the probability of
injury. The accident-injury severity findings on non-interstate
highways suggest that
extreme caution needs to be exercised when raising the speed limits on
I think lack of training is a huge factor in those stats. I'd like to see
simulators used for driving tests, instead of what we have in my city: Tests
administered on nice, quiet streets with 35 mph speed limits, in broad
daylight. I have yet to hear about any fatal accidents involving parallel
The simulators should put people in deadly situations, like heavy rain & fog
at night, 18 wheelers all around to kick up more mist and wreck visibility.
Traffic moving too fast, but dangerous to slow down. For extra distraction &
terror, throw in some strange, sudden mechanical noises from the "car", and
so much humidity that the defroster has trouble keeping the windows clear.
Add an idiot with their brights on, hanging in that perfect spot on the left
where their lights are constantly in the side view mirror. Find a way to
measure stress level. Maybe heartbeat, or something similar to a polygraph.
Add in distractions on both sides to test peripheral vision, which is an
issue for some older drivers. Maybe throw in some kids' voices in the back
seat, complaining about one thing or another as kids do when they're bored
on long trips.
Fail the test and you can't take it again for five years. That'll solve a
lot of problems.
That's why power remote mirrors kick ass. When someone does that to me
I adjust my mirror as far out as I can, hopefully it shines back in the
douche's face and blinds him.
What's worse are older Ford trucks, their headlights have so much stray
upward light even on low beam that one of them behind you feels like
you're being followed by someone with brights on...
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Actually, speed in and of itself is meaningless. It's speed
differential that's the issue.
Speeding doesn't kill, otherwise everyone on planet earth would be dead.
Besides the speed differential between yourself and the road and other
immobile objects, the REAL issue is speed differential among cars on the
road. If everyone is going at about the same speed, no big deal. But
when someone comes blasting through traffice 30mph faster than everyone
else, HE'S the problem.
Likewise, when grandma is going 40mph when everyone else is going 70mph,
SHE'S the problem. She thinks she isn't, because she thinks that "speed
kills, therefore the slower I go the better". Uh-uh. Doesn't work that
You're right.. Some places have minimum speed limits, out of necessity.
In Houston, I regularly see people going 85-90 mph on Beltway 8. They need
to be stopped, fined, and possibly jailed. The maximum permitted speed is
The freeway system there, in general, has a 50 mph minimum speed.
On Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:21:20 -0500, "Reasoned Insanity"
Maybe that's because there is really no need for them to signal. If
someone is going past you and then changing lanes after they are 100
feet a head of you and leaving you in the dust why do you need to see
their rear lights flash? It's people who are ahead but slower that
need to signal because it is those people who will be interfering with
the ones coming from behind.
On Sun, 29 Mar 2009 01:33:24 -0500, "Reasoned Insanity"
If that's what they are doing then signaling is accomplishing nothing
and they may as well not bother since it's distracting them from the
high speed run.
As to your other assertion, I can tell you that in AZ it is NOT the
law that you must signal when the roads are empty. I suspect that's
not the law in your state either. The AZ law is very clear, you only
need to signal when your movement will affect other traffic. There
are many instances where someone's lane change will affect no one and
legally they are not required to signal. As with many laws, most
people, including the cops, are completely ignorant as to what the law
actually say and just parrot whatever nonsense was in the state
driving manual. Tell me what state you are in and I'll look it up.
All I could find for CT is from the driver's manual
Signal Lights. Don't switch lanes without first signaling your intention to
do so, and make sure you don't cut someone
off when you move over. After you've made the maneuver, turn your signal
That may be true, but it is still a good habit to signal. If you just do
it, it becomes a good habit and there is no thinking to evaluate the traffic
and determine if a signal is needed or not. Same with turn signal.
I dont know whether the law allows you not to signal when there is
no traffic or not here in Texas.. I can look it up.
On Beltway 8, there is seldom the case that there is no traffic.
If I complain about people not signaling, then obviously there are
people who are affected.
We Texans are really bad about turning on our headlights in rain and
And, again, we are pretty bad about hogging the left lane (which is
a passing lane).
I got used to driving with my headlights on at all times when I first got my
ham radio plates. I was living in Arkansas, and not too far from Memphis.
I found out that in Tennessee, Amateur Radio operators are considered
Emergency Vehicles. (As a matter of fact in 1982, some of the Amateur Radio
plates issued had EMERGENCY across the bottom.) And in both Tennessee and
Arkansas and in Mississippi, emergency vehicles have to drive with their
headlights on at all times. Since I had to drive the entire length of
Tennessee at times, and since I was up in Memphis a lot, I just got in the
habit of turning my lights on when I started her up. Not going to hurt the
battery, and since I'm driving a small, hard to see car anyway, it can't
hurt. KE30 Corollas are not exactly the largest car on the road. Though
the locals got a laugh, or so they thought, when it snowed, and I was out
driving with chains on my tires and all. I used to drive up the 61 past
Sugar Ditch to Memphis (i.e. right past Graceland), but I understand that
way's not safe anymore now that Sugar Ditch has a casino. (Actually the
locals had another name for it, expecially since Jesse Jackson was down
there so much.)
Whether or not you consider them unsafe, these speeds are very much in
excess of the law.
And since this puts them at a 25-30 mph differential over specified traffic
speeds, yes, they
tend to be dangerous.
These people typically weave back and forth across 5-6 lanes of traffic, not
do create a signicant hazard.
I can't remember the last time I drove on a highway where most traffic
wasn't going over the speed limit; driving at the speed limit would put
you at a greater speed differential to the main flow than driving 25 over.
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