Comment 119770

By RobMullan (registered) | Posted August 04, 2016 at 20:16:28

While I am fully supportive of reducing speed limits on many of our roads, I think we are skipping past a larger issue - how it has become socially acceptable and practically required to ignore posted speed limits. Most people view the posted 'limit' as a posted 'minimum', and will angrily let you know if you aren't exceeding it enough to keep up with traffic.

We have come a long way as a society in combating the social norms of drinking and driving, and more recently texting and driving. The imposing of huge fines, demerit points, and even jail time or impounding of vehicles have made the cost of intoxicated or distracted driving too high for most people. For sure there are those that still do it, but most don't take the chance because they don't want to pay.

As dumb as this sounds, I believe speeding is the gateway traffic violation to many of the other bad habits drivers have. If you don't have to bother doing what that speed sign says, why bother coming to a complete stop at a stop sign? Or signalling when you turn? Or yield to that bus as it's pulling out?

What's the point of a 40 or even better a 30 limit if everyone still just does 50 or 60?

Maybe it's time to increase the cost of speeding?

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