Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47 Posted (14 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 762 times:
After you brush aside the rheroric about how dangerous it is to speed, a favorite excuse for cops to use to discourage speeding is "that it makes little difference in terms of time", which is a counter argument to people that claim to save time by speeding.
Just do the math.
As an example, it is approximately 240 miles between my house and Las Vegas. Except for the 10 miles or so going over the Cajon Pass, the drive is entirely level and relatively straight driving across the desert.
If I drive 80 an average of 80 MPH, it will take me about 3 hours to get there. If I drive at only 60 mph, then that time gets upped to 4 hours.
I have saved an hour by going 20 MPH faster. Even if I burn up more gas by doing that, I spend 10 minutes at the gas station, which still gives me about a 50 milute advantage over a 240 mile drive. Those times would compound the further the distance travelled.
So, when simple mathematics can blow that argument right out of the water, why do cops still insist on using it?
Wouldn't the Highway Patrol, State Trooper and Constable officers garner a lot more respect if they actually came out and said that they were "meter maids with a gun"?
No disrespect meant to cops, but any one whose primary beat is an Interstate Highway, or major throughway, that's about all they are really going to be. After all, I don't imagine that Interstate 215 gets a lot of bank robberies, burglaries, or shoplifters. Sure, they may get the occasional high speed chase, but what else is there to do besides write citations and take accident reports-something that Community Service Officers do in many, if not most jurisdictions?
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 737 times:
What's 50 minutes? I can easily waste that ammount of time watching TV, or even reading through these A.net forums. How often do you really have that good of a reason to speed, other than driving is boring?
Of course, I go 80 mph in a 65 mph zone all the time even though I have no good reason to be doing so, especially since the Des Moines - Iowa City drive is only 115 miles. Hmmmm....
Times I've been pulled over in the last 2.5 years: 3
Times I've been cited for a violation: 0
Total career speeding tickets: 0
Total career moving violations: 2 (1 out-of-state)
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 724 times:
On the surface it is simple math and there is no doubt on a long trip you will save time even if you are stopped for 10 -15 minutes to obtain your souvenier of the state. I think the whole " it will cost you time " thing is for short term city trips where a 10 -15 minute stop will cost you more time.
There is no doubt and I am the first to admit that speeding fines are great revenue makers for whatever level of government has jurisdiction. Having said that however, excessive speed is one contributing factor in motor vehicle collisions. Excessive speed however does not always mean speeding. If road conditions call for someone to travel at 10 mph to keep control of their vehicle and they travel at 20 and lose control then the cause could be listed as excessive speed. ( but not speeding)
JWM AIRTRANS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 712 times:
In an accident, 20 mph makes a BIG difference. Look on www.iihs.org and chosse any of the car models. Look at the picture and multiply that by two. Pretty bad. You would probably be killed, or seriously injured even if you had a Suburban or something. What would you rather do... get there an hour later or take the risk? I suppose even if you're a cautious driver @ 60mph, you could be seriously hurt. The spped limit on Michigan Highways is 70mph. Would you go 90mph here?
747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 713 times:
Speeding is an issue for sure. But 80 miles an hour???
If a person has a new Porsche or something yeah maybe. I dont think I want to see grampa's 1967 what ever on bald tires going that fast let alone be on the road. Or Mommy in her mini van with a screaming baby in one had and a cell phone in the other. Or an idiot in a big SUV with a chip on his shoulder compensationg for some thing that is small.....
I don't think that three quaterters of the cars on the road are in the condition to go 80 let alone 50 mph in the condition they are in, even something like tire pressure becomes a major saftey factor as we have seen.
If you want to speed and take your own life in your hands that's one thing but there are other people on the road....
Aussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 694 times:
fair enough but youd be amazed how fast you can loose control on a long corner at 80mph...
A few months ago I was driving on a fairly good country road near byron bay i admit i didnt know the road as i live about 3 hours north of byron bay.. my car is in top condition it has fairly hard suspension and good tyres.. anyways i was doing 150kmh in a 100 zone and I lost rear wheel traction on a long right.. i corrected the traction loose and the car went a little to much to the left.. but i downshifted and floored it driving off without stopping.. anyways all i have to say is drive to conditions.. im a fairly experienced driver but if someone not knowing what to do in those circumstances could have come off alot worse..
Iflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 693 times:
What are the differences of getting a tire blown out?
Front and rear if you were driving 65 or 80 I personally think that you have more of a chance to flip over or just loose control would be greater. Can someone help me with this question?
Aussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 690 times:
tyre blow out at 150kmh you would go into lunge to one side of the road u would try to correct but the wheels would lock up the car would roll over and thr roof come crashing down cracking your skull open with the sounds of tearing metal broken glass and friction of your head 2 inches off the bitumen racing along towards you in excess of 140kmh.. you may partially fall out of the car imagine a angle grinder on your bones.. anyways itd be real pleasnt all that shit would be over within 10 seconds no matter how good you think you are you wont have time to react