By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published August 30, 2012
Following up on the recent RTH blog post about the Coroner's Report on cycling, I read this article from the Toronto Star on the National Motorists Association complaining about speed limit enforcement in Ontario:
The self-described drivers' rights organization runs the National Speed Trap Exchange website, which allows the public to post locations and descriptions of apparent speed traps.
In other words, it is a group that helps motorists to avoid being caught breaking the law!
I am always mystified by the repeated complaint that cyclists are dangerous scofflaws who should be kept off the road, while motorists are careful and rule-abiding, when it is obvious that many (if not most) motorists not only regularly disobey traffic laws - especially speeding and traffic lights - but also whine about the unfairness of it all when the police dare to enforce the law. I've been a licensed driver for over 25 years, so I've had a lot of time to see how people really drive!
It should also be glaringly obvious that a motorist doing 70 km/h in a 40 km/h school zone is far more of a menace than a cyclist gliding through a stop sign, which seems to be what gets a lot of motorists worked up.
Please remember that motor vehicle collisions cause 2,000 deaths and 13,000 serious injuries every year in Canada, and 27 percent of fatalities involve speeding.
We already know which road users pose the highest risk to themselves and others. It is natural that enforcement should focus on the most dangerous road users!