Highway Speed Limits are Too Low for safety
Does Speed Kill or does Speed Damage your Wallet?
The news stories of ‘stupidity fueled crashes’ brand regular drivers that break the speed limit as deviant criminals. That’s unfair and crazy.
Motorists are being fined on safe sections of roads, often straight, sometimes without another car in sight.
It’s all wrong.
If you hear on the news that someone was booked in the 100kph zone for doing 120kph, do you think they were crazy and should be locked up? Years ago when the open highway was not speed restricted, 120kph often felt like a safe cruising speed. With modern cars and highways it feels even safer but our speed is locked into a nice round number. 100kph.
There are statistics around the world to show that RAISING the speed limit has increased driver concentration and REDUCED the accident rate.
“After multi-year studies, Utah has raised a number of its highway speed limits to 80 miles an hour (128.7kph). They cited the same reasons of safety as the now-famous ‘Speed Kills Your Pocketbook’ documentary. Linked at the end.
“4 State Legislatures Voted to Increase Speed Limits This Year” click here to read more.
I’m not saying we should go as fast as we want,
or drive at speeds that endanger other road users,
just that we should have realistic speed limits on open highways.
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation Posted Speed Limits and Speed limit Setting Practices Spring 2003 suggests-
The normally careful and competent actions of a reasonable person should be considered legal.
A speed limit should be set so that the majority of motorists observe it voluntarily and enforcement can be directed to the minority of offenders.
A speed limit should seem too fast for a majority of users or it is not a maximum limit.
Generally the posted limit should be set near the 85th percentile speed.
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation might seem like a strange department to quote if you don’t live in BC, but the 85th percentile method is suggested in the US Dept of Transportation PDF . Click Here. And I expect that speed limiting system is more widespread than just BC and the USA. It certainly is logical.
I’ve often pointed out that we’re locked in to a speed limit which is a round number – 100kph, that is only 62.13mph. In Europe and many US states the maximum speed limit is 70mph, which is 112.6kph.
112kph would be an improvement, but really there are many roads where you can drive at 120-130kph when it feels safe.
You don’t HAVE to drive at 120-130 -140kph.
You should always drive at a speed that feels safe. This speed is different for every person.
The British Columbia speed limit setting document is a blueprint to to set far more accurate speed limits than we have at present.
If the speed limit was 130kph 0r 140kph, you can still drive at 93kph, as many do, but it would make overtaking much safer being able to go up to 130kph legally.
Driving long distance at 120-140kph would keep drivers more aware than the ridiculously slow blanket 100kph speed limit that we have at present.
Link to ‘Speed Kills Your Pocketbook’- this documentary has many valid points, and see the cop with a speed gun ranting about how everyone is breaking the speed limit, but he’s in an advisory speed area with a yellow sign, the speed limit signs there are white and in fact no-one he gunned was breaking the speed limit!!
Oh, ignore the inane attempts at humour in the documentary! there is a lot of good info there.
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