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It Isn’t Speed That’s Killing Us. It’s Bad Driving.

Drivers are safer if they go with the flow.

July 23, 2013
Lopaka Aldrich - Kihei , Maui Weekly

According to a July 18 article in The Maui News, the Operation Speed campaign will be activating traffic and patrol officers, as well as "strategies" to stop and cite motorists for exceeding speed limit signs on major highways from July 20 to 27.

One only has to drive daily on Maui's four-lane highways to see that 85 percent of the drivers travel at 60 mph, although it is posted 45 mph. This "85th percentile" is the standard used by traffic engineers all over the planet to establish speed limits. Michigan Traffic Engineer Martin Parker stated: "The likelihood of a crash occurring is significantly greater for motorists travelling at a speed slower, and faster, than the mean speed of traffic."

So why are speed limits so artificially low? Jim Walker, past president of the National Motorists Association states: "They are arbitrarily set, usually too low, for one or both of these reasons: 1. The venue wishes to create lucrative speed traps for revenue with under-posted limits; 2. The venue responds inappropriately to requests from well-meaning but uninformed residents to lower the speed limits below the safest levels because the residents sincerely, but falsely believe it will increase safety."

It isn't speed that's killing us. It's bad driving and rules of the road that are seriously out of touch with the way most motorists drive. Nail bad drivers, not someone who is travelling in a reasonable and safe manner at the 85th percentile.

 
 

 

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