: "Speeders and drunk drivers kill people and contribute to many
: the property loss than minor thefts. "
: Most people recognize that many speeding tickets are issued
: generate revenues for the government by fleecing the public,
: safety issues.
===> That sounds like sour grapes more than anything legitimate. Easily available public records show that you are wrong and I
don't believe you have anything other than a sour grape to base
For example, here in NJ, when they raised the speed
: limit from 55 to 65 on major highways, they doubled the fines
: speeding. Think that was done for safety and not to take more
: earned dollars for the political hacks to waste?
===> Yes. Take the time to look into the difference in damages and life/limb losses for accidents between 55 and 65 mph and
you'll be quite surprised from the sound of your post.
If you really want to get back at them, see how sound your
therory is: Get everyone in NJ to not speed and see if it puts
them out of work. By your logic, it should.
NJ also isn't the only place that situation exists; those are
federal speed limits.
And if speed kills,
: how come the safety record of roads like the autobahn are
: many of the roads in the US?
===> Having spent time there, and having driven the Autobahn, I can tell you why: They are professional drivers.
-- Insurance is VERY expensive.
-- a driver's license is VERY expensive. And almost impossible
to get back if you lose it, which is very easy to do.
-- Training requirements to GET a driver's license are
extensive, and a lot more than driving around a few barrels and
markers as most places here are. And, they'll cost you a bundle,
too. Lots and lots of taxes on such things.
The Autobahn isn't the only high-speed road in Europe: It's
common all over, not just in Germany. In most places, ignoring
-- first lane available is a 55 mph limit.
-- next lane is usually 75 or whatever that particular section
of road is posted for.
-- Farthest lane over is for passing only. Well, at a 100 mph
speed, you can pass plenty of cars real fast <g> and I can tell
you it's a party experience and you really get to feeling sorry
for the car after a few miles of 90+, which they'll allow in a
lot of places as long as you don't change lanes.
-- You can lose your license for something as simple as a lane
-- You can lose your license if a patrol sees you cause another
driver to make their brake lights come on.
-- They're strict, people KNOW how to drive, pay well for the
privilege, and respect the law, regardless of the reasons.
Not only that but the roads are as clean as a whistle over there;
you can almost eat off them. There's never any debris on the
road, never an uncovered truck, etc. etc. etc.. You might see a
lot of radio-active trucks, but no uncovered gravel or garbage
They even provide side ramps for trucks should they lose breaks
or wheels at a high speed when there isn't perfectly straight
road ahead: It's a long, long incline, straight, easy to get
onto, wide, and the slope increases as you go further along it.
All along the way are back-places, to let the rigs roll into
after it gets stopped if it can't hold itself on the grade. Oh,
most of the ones I saw also ended in barricades, gravel, and some
very rough terrain that nothing would roll back down anyway.
You need an education for your misinformation.