I'm going to withold judgement until i get a chance to read the entire piece, which will conclude in next Sunday's big paper. So far, they seem to be concentrating on lax enforcement and a court system which doesn't take speeding seriously, especially those who are caught doing 90+ on our superhighways. Seems like as long as you don't actually kill someone, well, no harm, no foul.
Reader comments show the typical mentality of drivers, as Jim Wooten of Angier demonstrates:
As an NC native who has been driving for 33 years now and speeding for most of that time, I can tell you that speeding doesn't make you a bad driver. I have driven to California and back 4 times, out to Denver twice, up to New York innumerable times, down to Florida a bunch, and currently do a daily 88 mile round trip hike from Angier to RTP. I can pretty much guarantee that speeding was involved in all of those trips and in my current commute. But in all the miles I have racked up, I have touched another car once . . .
It's the casual, "I do it, and i've never had a problem" mentality, writ large and clear, which is at the root of our willingness to accept "accidental" death and injury on our roadways. Collisions on the highway or the local street rarely have accidental causes. And while i accept (and, if the N&O runs my quote, i'll be published saying) that going ten or fifteen mph over the limit on a freeway is generally not a safety problem, the comfort level with someone doing 80 in a 65 leads to someone doing 90 in a 55, and allows that person to ride up another driver's tail who is only going 65, or to change lanes recklessly, possibly causing other vehicles to collide.
So let's see where the N&O ends up with its piece. Hopefully, they'll touch on all three components of excessive speeding: poor road design which encourages unsafe speeds, lax law enforcement, and a culture which privileges drivers above pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users of our public facilities.
Labels: Traffic calming