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Higher speed limits in the USA; highways are getting safer.

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I hate you all now . In Lame-ada (Canada,) most highways are 80 KM/H which is 50 MPH. That's third gear! That's in my city though....of course cross country highways are more, usually 100-110 KM/H which is still freaking slow.


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Re: Higher speed limits in the USA; highways are getting safer.

The roads themselves may be getting better, but the people on the road aren't getting any smarter.

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[quote author=Drake link=topic=50901.msg808567#msg808567 date=1152299951]
The roads themselves may be getting better, but the people on the road aren't getting any smarter.
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That's true and I think the cars have more safety features then before.

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Re: Higher speed limits in the USA; highways are getting safer.

People arent gettin any smarter, however i have to say on loooooong and boring stretches on the freeway such as from LA to Fresno, theres literally NOTHING all the way there. It would be insane to drive that at 55mph, take forever. Its usually very empty, and just vast spans of nothing but plants on either side most of the way. A person could go crazy goin that slow on that loooooong stretch

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The people are increasingly dumb. As the cars become easier and safer to drive -- along with more convienent features for things people do in everyday life, the less they are willing to concentrate on driving. I saw a dude reading a magazine in the HRBT here in Virginia...in rush hour!

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[quote author=FrostyFire link=topic=50901.msg808459#msg808459 date=1152298455]
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I hate you all now . In Lame-ada (Canada,) most highways are 80 KM/H which is 50 MPH. That's third gear! That's in my city though....of course cross country highways are more, usually 100-110 KM/H which is still freaking slow.
[/quote]What an absurd perception that because the cars are safer, we get to go faster. The reason cars are safer because we are getting dumber. Because we get dumber, the cars get even safer. It's a vicious cycle. Speed on the highways is the primary cause for death. For every mile/kilometer an hour you go faster, the energy needed to stop increases. Considering at best, 80% of those driving are in over their heads, I do NOT want them to go faster. I wish law enforcement would ENFORCE the speed limits. I would like to see a law that could charge tractor trailer drivers with felony assault for tailgating more then half a mile. I would like to speeding fines start at $1000 for any infractions 20 MPH over the speed limit. I wold like to see all these fines diverted to driving training, education and enforcement.

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This isn't 1920, the technology of the 21st century allows a new car to stop safely and quickly. And it's not all about stopping either.....have you ever heard of the BMW driver training? They don't teach you to stop, they teach to go around.


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Re: Higher speed limits in the USA; highways are getting safer.

Look @ the Autobahn. They have been driving that way for a long time and have they ahd that many accidents....noooo....this is not even a secret that faster is safer...and if we didnt have so many dumb new drivers and dumb old drivers we would be fine

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[quote author=FrostyFire link=topic=50901.msg811224#msg811224 date=1152436221]
This isn't 1920, the technology of the 21st century allows a new car to stop safely and quickly. And it's not all about stopping either.....have you ever heard of the BMW driver training? They don't teach you to stop, they teach to go around.
[/quote]What color is the sky in your world?


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[quote author=Shiney_McShine link=topic=50901.msg811269#msg811269 date=1152448265]
[quote author=FrostyFire link=topic=50901.msg811224#msg811224 date=1152436221]
This isn't 1920, the technology of the 21st century allows a new car to stop safely and quickly. And it's not all about stopping either.....have you ever heard of the BMW driver training? They don't teach you to stop, they teach to go around.
[/quote]What color is the sky in your world?
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I bet it's blue.... because that is all pretty accurate. Braking technology since 1985 has improved dramatically, forget about 1920! Also cars have better tires, better suspension, and handle a helluva lot better than the days most of the speed limits in the states were set, which suggests that 75 is at least as safe with today's cars as 55 was with yesteryear's cars.

I'll also add a+1 for avoidance rather than braking. Sometimes even still with the great new breaks we have, it's better to go around an obstacle than to try to stop entirely. Anti-lock brakes and grippy tires all help you keep control to do just that, so we may as well use it. Besides, coming to a stop to avoid a collision will likely put you in the danger spot.



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