I would have to agree on point with you. Unless you have a stretch of highway at least a couple miles long and you KNOW (like the back of your hand) the condition of that stretch, then going 100, 110, 120 or more is really pushing the safety limits.gweempose said:Back when I was in college, I got a ticket going 119. To tell you the truth, I'm glad the cop nailed me. It was a real wake-up call. Up until that point, I never really thought about just how insanely stupid it is to drive that fast. I probably haven't driven any faster than 80 ever since.
I have to agree. Speed in and of itself doesn't kill. Just like guns don't kill people...people kill people (but that's a whole different issue). It's not speed alone that causes accidents and/or bodily injury for drivers, passengers, or pedestrians (sp?), its the inability of people to operate or control their vehicles at elevated speeds, dangerous road and/or environmental conditions, or an abrupt, unexpected stop while traveling at higher speeds that tend to do damage to people and property.GLHS837 said:DB, was it "speed" or a combination or speed and poor road conditions or speed and driver stupidity? I would venture to say a set speed has never caused an accident. Never has anyone hit 88 and just wiped out. There has to be either driver error, or some outside factor.
Too much speed for a certain place, like an onramp, or while deer are really active, yep. Or if a mechanical malfunction is excaberated by speed.
Yes speed is relative, so is safety. Damage is relative to the energy involved in an accident. Increasing speed increases energy. Am I wrong?Speed is a relative term here...I saw where someone suggested that fatality rates would drop if the speed limit were dropped to 35 m.p.h.. b.s.! I have seen suv drivers flip their rigs at 35! Also fatality rates were at their highest when the speed limit was 55, and have been going down( in relation to miles traveled) ever since.
Argue all you want, but a car going 35 is harder to loosing control of than a car going 100mph. Speed doesn?t cause accidents but it make them harder to avoid. And if you do lose control the car going 35 it has a lot less energy to deal with .I have driven highways in Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Kansas etc.. where out on the open interstate 90-100 m.p.h. would be perfectly safe.
You think that?s because speeds increased? Think about how much better cars are today in protecting people from injury. Airbags, seatbelt laws, crumple zones, traction control systems. Increasing speed limits may have reduce the number of accidents (I doubt it) but increased speeds are not a reason for reduced fatality rates.Also fatality rates were at their highest when the speed limit was 55, and have been going down( in relation to miles traveled) ever since.