Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
You guys have made some pretty good points here. Personally, I'm for raising or getting rid of the speed limits on a lot divided highways (like the Autobahn in Germany). If anything, it would improve safety, since as far as I know the Autobahn doesn't have a higher death rate. If anything, I think it's a bit lower. In a big country like Canada where we've got longer distances to drive, it would make a big difference and reduce frustration.
Unfortunately, it'll never happen because there are a lot of entrenched interests. Most of them are misguided people who mistakenly believe lower speed limits = more safety.
On top of that, we've got control freaks who are less interested in speed limits than they are about teaching everyone else a lesson, and only use safety as a pretext for telling us what to do. If it's not speed limits, it's useless gun regulations or bogus environmentalists who are against everything, including shopping bags. They're never going away. It's a mental illness.
And then, the trump card is government agencies that make tons of revenue from enforcing spurious speed limits. Just like they'll never ban cigarettes, alcohol, or lottery tickets, they'll never make driving easier for us -- there's just to much money in it for them. Once the govenment gets their hooks into a source of money, they'll never let go.
Even without raising the speed limits, I'd be happy if they just enforced existing laws against left-lane bandits who block traffic flow. That won't happen, either -- there's not enough money to be made in it.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.