Comment 76815

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted May 11, 2012 at 17:29:04 in reply to Comment 76784

"Study after study confirms that most drivers will simply ignore a speed limit that is set lower than the average unencumbered speed of the 85th percentile"

I think you have to be careful when you say "ignore". Ignoring and not following are two different things.

Here is an example to illustrate my point.

A guy named Ryan is driving on a perfectly straight country road with no cross roads or other traffic. The speed limit is 80. Ryan is driving 95 Km/h. Ryan passes a speed limit sign that says the speed will be reduced to 60km/h in 100 m. Ryan sees the sign and slows his speed down to 70 km/h.

Although Ryan is not following the rules, he is not "ignoring" the sign.

To say that speed limits do NOTHING to effect speeds is absolutely ridiculous.

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