Comment 32307

By Brandon (registered) | Posted July 06, 2009 at 21:46:26

I've always believed that there's a small percentage of drivers who will be idiots no matter what and that you can't plan around them. The vast majority of drivers will slow down though.

The other side of it (and this is a sore spot of mine) is badly set speed limits. People tend to drive at speeds that they consider to be safe, regardless of what the sign says. A speed limit of 100 km/h on our 400 series highways is ridiculous when the 85th percentile is up around 130.

Why is this relevant to this discussion?

Well, if I see a speed limit sign and know that I can add 30 km/h to it and still be perfectly safe, it causes me to lose respect for other speed limits, such as those in the city. Resetting speed limits to engineering standards instead of political standards will go a long way to improving road safety for all.

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