How long has this been going on and how many crashes have there been?
If it's been going on for 30 years and there's never been even a fender-
bender then government has more important things that it should be
How about this one: I've never had a car accident so I shouldn't waste
my time putting on a seatbelt.
Or I've never had a kickback so I shouldn't waste my time putting in a
Any of those do it for you?
Pretty much right. We went way overboard on our reactions to that
incident. I would have happily flown the next day/week but other
folks were scared to death to do so.
CAUTION: Evil Stereotyping Ahead!
Do you think a bunch of sloppy, GED-toting fools in an airport make it
safer to fly when they catch Mom with her dangerous 1" sharp-pointed
sewing scissors while others walk through with 8" sharpened pencils,
sharpened credit cards, and Grandma comes through the safety check
with her 12" knitting needles? Yeahright...
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before
which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
-- John Quincy Adams
Admittedly before 9-11, but I had an impatient look on my face as one of the
security agents inspected my computer at Love Field in Dallas. A Dallas
cop-ette stepped over and volunteered "You know we're doing this for your
protection, don't you?"
"I don't believe that any more than I could flap my arms and fly," I
"Then why do you think we go to all this trouble?" the cop-ette rejoined.
"To give these cretins a job."
"I'll have you know we intercept guns in purses two or three times a week
from wives heading toward the gates to meet their husbands!"
"I didn't know that. You should be congratulated for preventing terrorism by
throwing housewives to the floor and putting them in jail. Outstanding! You
must be very proud."
She turned and struck out for her podium and returned to watching the
Except for the little things, like the double, solid yellow line being a
clear "Do Not Pass" in any traffic engineer's handbook in every state
and state traffic statute.
Granted, in a society that ignores unethical behavior at every
opportunity, breaking a law that is inconvenient, despite the fact that
it is a rational, logical, and clear extension of a need for public
safety, is no longer of much import ... from rolling stops, to political
machinations, a society of scofflaws eventually breaks down.
In Vermont a solid (or double) yellow line is only a suggestion that you might
not want to pass; a "be careful" hint. Unless there is a white and black sign
saying "Do Not Pass" (rare), it's perfectly legal to do so.
On 9/10/2012 7:20 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Amazing, Rip Van Winkle still lives. To bring you up to speed during
your long sleep, ol' Rip, that law was repealed in 1995.
The National Maximum Speed Law (NMSL) in the United States was a
provision of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act that
prohibited speed limits higher than 55 miles per hour (89 km/h). . .
. The NMSL was modified in 1987 and 1988 to allow up to 65 mph (105
km/h) limits on certain limited access, rural roads. Congress repealed
the NMSL in 1995, fully returning speed limit setting authority to the
There are many areas in the western USA where the posted speed limit is
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