quote: 70mph is surprising conservative, and I can't help but wonder how much of this is a backdoor way of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, since a lot of the energy spent maintaining vehicle speed over 55MPH is "wasted" on aerodynamic drag. What percentage of 30,000 or so fatal auto accidents involve one or more vehicles exceeding 70 MPH, anyway?
quote: Unfortunately, DT misreported the story so this is not actually an EU idea. The original story was about introducing cameras in cars that could read speed signs (had nothing to do with changing speed limits already in place).
quote: Also, don't be complete stupid. Driving too fast, whether it be on some dirt road in the sticks or a multi-lane highway is dangerous.
quote: Fortunately all those nanny state inventions like seatbelts, airbags, and (let me hear you scream) car safety regulations and testing have reduced the fatality rate a lot.
quote: It just hasn't done much good for pedestrians who insist on not wearing government mandated full body armour when walking outside.
quote: This will clearly shift most fatalities away from high speed areas into pedestrian heavy areas like residential zones, towns, city streets and one's driveway (where blind spots leave pets and kids alike susceptible to being rolled over by a reversing vehicle).
quote: Feel free to continue imagining the left-wing Europe you feel in your gut must exist somewhere though.
quote: You do realize that America was founded by Europeans to get out from under the thumb of the left that still infects Europe. The people who stayed behind are political masochists - they have a need to be dominated and oppressed.
quote: Then there's the idiots who maintain below limit in all lanes and end up almost side to side with each other creating a barrier preventing motorists from passing.
quote: The reason people text and drive or do any other number of distracting activities while driving is because they would rather be doing something other than the monotony that is driving. Even when the drive would be interesting, I'd much rather be able to focus my attention looking out the windows at the scenery than have to keep my eyes on the road.
quote: The laws need to advocate for the benefits of the many over the desires of a few
quote: You could even compare this to other legislation that has passed such as laws banning smoking in public spaces - a practice that puts the health benefits of the many over the wants of the few who desire to smoke.
quote: The lawmakers should just do nothing now then a few years after automated cars become affordable just ban all manual vehicle control on public roadways.
quote: try living in Ohio where you can't go faster than 65 legally.
quote: 70 is really low, I'm pretty sure that many EU states have roads with significantly higher speed limits than that.
quote: Indeed, perhaps no highway system is as famous as Germany's autobahns, where there is no enforced speed limit.